Employee Learning Week!

In celebration of Employee Learning Week, we are sharing stories from our own Talent Development Professionals about what their company offers.

Thank you for sharing, Vicky Fields, ATD WV President

From Nicholette Inman:

At NGK, we are beginning an initiative to focus on training and development for all of our Associates from the top down. Seeing as there are numerous locations across the US, with our headquarters in Michigan, it sometimes takes a while for those initiatives to get established here in West Virginia. However, we are not letting that delay deter our focus in providing our Associates at this location with creating an atmosphere encouraging to learning and development.

This past July, we kicked off our Leadership Academy. The Academy focuses on continuously developing our leaders so that they are equipped with the skills needed to create a high performing work culture. This 12 week course is broken down into weekly sessions where our top managers present on topics ranging from Developing Your Leadership Styles to Effective Ways to Handle Conflict. Each quarter, a new class of leaders attend the Leadership Academy. While we can't get our entire leadership group through the Academy in one year, we focus on those who are newly transitioned into leadership so that they can begin their leadership journey with the essential tools for success.

In addition to our Leadership Academy, in 2017, we will focus on ensuring that all Associates at NGK WV have access to learning and development opportunities. In January, we will kick our NGK Learning On Demand, which will allow employees to participate in various soft skills and performance development training. Each month, there will be a new course available to Associates. Trainings will include topics such as Managing Stress, Discovering Your Strengths, and Achieving Your Goals. For our Associates who have aspirations to develop their career, there will be on-demand training that they can participate in to enhance their needed skills in order to be considered for particular positions within our organization.

Lastly, we will be hosting our first Leadership Academy Mini Conference towards the end of 2017. This conference will build on the skills established in the Leadership Academy and help to further develop all Associates who operate in a leadership role at NGK. This half day conference will have three workshops and a key note speaker all designed to further the initiative to continuously develop our leaders.



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