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ERIC Number: EJ922922
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-1366-5626
Workforce Cross Training: A Re-Emerging Trend in Tough Times
Abrams, Carmen; Berge, Zane
Journal of Workplace Learning, v22 n8 p522-529 2010
Purpose: This paper aims to explore advantages, disadvantages, advice and concerns regarding workforce cross training practices, as well as examples of businesses and organizations that have successfully implemented cross training programs. Design/methodology/approach: This article is a general review, based on the literature available and the knowledge and expertise of the authors. Findings: There are a number of realities, such as increased training cost, questionable improvement in productivity, complexity of workflow, and employee resistance, that an employer must consider carefully before moving towards a cross training approach. At the same time, cross training can provide employees with learning and growth opportunities that can help them be ready for emergencies, recessions, and the competition of a global economy. Originality/value: This article adds to the literature on workforce cross training and will be of interest to those involved in that field.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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