Planning for a Needs Assessment

Southwest airlines is a company I almost always use when flying to any destination. Their principles are basically serving people in a friendly, reliable manner. “We are committed to a common Purpose: to connect you to the important moments in your life through friendly, reliable, and low-cost travel. That Purpose fuels our passion in serving more than 100 million Customers a year” (Gary Kelly, 2014).

From personal experience, I can say that this is something that Southwest Airlines achieves to do. I especially love the fact that I can fly with two bags and one carryon bag for free. “This year we were ranked No. 1 in Customer Service by the Airline Quality Ratings, and we consistently receive the lowest number of Customer complaints to the Department of Transportation” (Gary Kelly, 2014). According to the greeting from the CEO of Southwest Airlines, Gary Kelly, they have very minimal customer complaints and I believe the company is built on sound principles, so I would approach the company with an Organizational Analysis first, then I would conduct a person and task analysis together. By doing the organizational analysis it, “may suggest that a company does not want to spend financial resources on training. However, if a person analysis reveals that a large number of employees lack a skill in an important area that is related to the company’s business objectives (such as customer service), upper-level managers may decide to reallocate financial resources for training” (Noe, 2013 p. 121).

The stakeholders I would address to make sure they buy-in to the training is upper management, CEO Gary Kelly, and the employees. During the organizational analysis I would ask the managers “Which persons or groups (e.g., employees, managers, vendors, suppliers, and program developers) have an interest in seeing training succeed? Whose support do we need? Will employees perceive the training program as an opportunity? Reward? Punishment? Waste of time? (Noe, 2013 pp. 122).  In the person analysis I would want to interview each person that may have a complaint against them, a few managers and employees to measure personal characteristics to identify the characteristics where most people are lacking. “To determine whether training is needed to solve a performance problem, managers need to analyze characteristics of the performer, input, output, consequences, and feedback“(Noe, 2013 pp. 133). The task analysis may or may not be done it just depends on previous results. “Task analysis should only be undertaken only after the organizational analysis has determined that the company wants to devote time and money for training” (Noe, 2013 pp. 135). I would definitely want to see documents about the complaints that have been given to Southwest Airlines and information about the customer service given to each passenger.

Reference

Noe, R. A. (2013). Employee training and development (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.

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The Truth About Training
Training is very detrimental to the future of your company. It can be a matter of longevity or demise. Which one would you prefer? Of course everyone prefers longevity. “If companies do not adhere to quality standards, their ability to sell their product or service to vendors, suppliers, or customers will be restricted” (Noe, R 2013 pp.29). Taking precautions to make sure that your company will be thriving for many years to come can be ensured through the proper training for each employee. “One way that a company can increase its intangible assets, specifically human capital, is by focusing on attracting, developing, and retaining knowledge workers” (Noe, R. 2013 pp. 18). The customers, resources, and employees are the most important factors to the longevity of your company and investing in them through providing the proper training for employees and ensuring they know all information concerning your products will help guarantee that your company will be successful for many years to come. “Customer-driven excellence includes understanding what the customer wants, anticipating future needs, reducing defects and errors, meeting specifications, and reducing complaints” (Noe, R. 2013 pp. 29). It will also furnish happy customers who will share their experiences with other prospective customers which will help your business to continue to thrive.
Reference
Noe, R. A. (2013). Employee training and development (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.