GE Citizenship: Training and Development
Shannon Johnson/ G00075246
Training and Development
3 January 2013
GE is innovative company that builds appliances, lighting, power system, and other products that help millions of homes, offices, factories, and retail facilities around the world work better. Their training and development programs have enabled then to remain successful since the company’s founding in 1892. Founded by J. P. Morgan and Charles Coffin, G. E. has developed a management strategy that has infiltrated the complicated boundaries between management levels. Not only does GE have training programs available for its managers and employees, but for ...view middle of the document...
In order of these strides to be made, GE had to invest time and money in ensuring that their employees were trained and developed. Several programs have been implemented with the company to ensure success and growth. The learning environment that is provided through GE, as greatly contributed to is past, present and future success.
Recently GE discovered a gap between its management structures and developed a strategy to fill that gap. Three levels of management have been implemented with GE to ensure proper training and information flow between corporate and the lowest employee. This system is similar to the system that the military has used for years. It consists of three levels of management; at the top are the executive leaders, then the middle managers, and lastly the floor employees. (General Electric, 2013) This system is designed to tear down the boundaries between management layers. Each layer has a role. The Executive leaders, not mangers, work to inspire and motivate others to perform their best and to promote the corporate culture of creating and bringing ideas to life. The middle managers are facilitators between the executive leaders and the floor employees. They excite and praise people as well as push great ideas forward. Floor employees are integral parts -of the company, and are the ones that actually make things happen.
Training and Development
GE invests about $1 billion in training and education a year to allow its employees to grow and progress. “GE offers full-time internships to qualified candidates at each of our GE businesses. GE also offers co-ops to four-year college students who want to work more than 12 weeks while maintaining their college schedules.” (Entry-Level, 2013) For those who have graduated an entry-level leadership program is offered. Through this program these graduates not only have an opportunity to put the skills they earned in school to use but also earn hand on training. Through the entry-level program, these employees are rotated throughout the company to learn and experience as much as they can. As leaders progress throughout the company, training and education does not stop. The experienced leadership program helps them to grow and further their career with in the company. This program places the brightest leaders within the company together to teach and share innovation and information with each other. One facility that GE uses is the John F. Welch Leadership Development Center. John F. Welch was the chairman and CEO of GE from 1981-2001. “This center was founded in 1956 and is recognized as...