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Weekend edition January 26, 2024 | Tom Ballard

UT holding free workshops on Optimized People Development System

The system promotes an approach that helps organizations assess and improve the processes they use to find, train, and retain people.

The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Service‘s East TN American Job Center and the Tennessee Manufacturing Extension Partnership (TMEP) programs are collaborating to host multiple no cost introduction workshops about the Optimized People Development System (PDS) in East Tennessee on February 22, 27, 29, and March 7.

As the name implies, the system is used to optimize a company’s people development efforts to improve company culture, retain and attract top talent, and achieve business goals. The PDS promotes a systems-thinking approach that helps organizations assess and improve the processes they use to find, train, and retain people. It consists of five functional areas – training, recruiting, onboarding, retention, and performance management. The challenge is to operate a reliable PDS that provides the organization with a competitive advantage in a volatile labor market.

Workshop participants will explore:

  • Using system thinking to understand how the five areas of the Optimized PDS are connected and operate together;
  • Applying continuous improvement concepts to their workforce development efforts;
  • Creating and sustaining the culture of a learning organization; and
  • How internal training practices are at the heart of a strong Optimized PDS.

All sessions run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. local time. The dates and locations are as follows:

  • February 22 – American Job Center in Sevierville;
  • February 27 – Blount Partnership in Maryville;
  • February 29 – American Job Center in Jacksboro;
  • March 5 – American Job Center in Crossville;
  • March 7 – American Job Center in Morristown; and
  • March 26 – UT Institute for Public Service Training Facility in Cookeville.

More details and a link to registration can be found here.

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