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Personal and professional development is an important process for individual that helps to encourage learning to meet the challenges and achieve the goals and objectives more convincing manners. Personal and professional development gives the proper understanding about the skills that required for managing, utilizing resource and completing the tasks in allotted time. By using the personal and professional development style an individual can develop new opportunities and meet the objectives that will help to gain reorganization. The unit 13 self managed learning in Personal and professional development assignment will evaluate the approaches to self-managed learning and propose the methods that would be used for lifelong learning in both personal and professional context. In the next part, report will evaluate the own skills and competencies against professional standard and identified the areas of improvement. Moreover, it will develop personal and professional development plan and undertake the document for activities that planned. At the end, report will provide the solution for work based problem for given case study about Hilton hotel and proposed the style of communication at different level of organization as well as evaluate the uses of effective time-management strategies to maintain the growth and flow of operations.
Self- managed learning is a process by which an individual takes initiative to learn something. According to this process an individual list out the resource which are required for learning. This process also include development of learning approaches and evaluate outcomes will gain from activities. The basic aim at Catering and Hospitality industry is to manage housekeeping staff and their work also. ‘Evolve Hospitality and Catering’ organization that provide complete training package but it is required to learn how to access the package. There are number of resources but it is required prioritizing them. The learner must be specific about his/her goals and it is required to break down the complete goals into short term goals. It is necessary to decide what an individual wants to learn first (Bunderson and Boumgarden, 2010). All the short term goals are must be prioritize about what will be executed first. It is required achieving each goal within predefined time. For self-managed learning following approaches can be used:
Lifelong learning includes learning of both personnel and professional factors. It is beneficial for whole life time. The lifelong learning is very flexible to learn and its availability is differed according to various levels and time. Its value is considered from school time to adult life. I would encourage employees to learn personnel and professional contexts by following ways of lifelong learning:
Benefits for the individual:
Benefits for the organization:
For any kind of job profile, individual have to be knowledgeable and skilled enough to manage the operations and activities according to proposed standard of organization. I am working as a assistant HR manager at hotel Hilton and my role is to develop plan and policy for selection, recruitment, training and monitoring of individual and departments to maintain the standard in the services and products. For that purpose, it is important for me to have skills and competencies that meet the benchmarking standard of hotel. By using self-evaluation and feedback method for analyzing the own effectiveness, I have identified that there are certain areas that required improvement such as communication, leadership, time management and planning of resources according to requirement (Busse.et.al. 2014). Hilton is big brand in UK’s hospitality industry and following the international standard for dealing and interacting with customers. Now to meet the expectations of top management and sustain the position in organizing I have to make improvement in the identified areas.
According to feedback that is been collected from the senior staff members, I have come to know that controlling, monitoring, interaction and planning are my strength that could be more effective as I follow the global standard for performing the HRM activities. In spite of that, I need to make more efforts for increasing the command over the different languages, understanding of international standard for HRM and managing the time. In addition to this, leadership and team working are also key areas that require more professional understanding that will help me to motivate the staff and maintain strong relations (Stenfors-Hayes.et.al. 2010). Decision making is also an important skills that have significant contribution in my role as I have to decide the allocation of resources, assign role and responsibility to staff, make changes in the development and delivery process of hotel to according to needs and requirements of customers and visitors.
Table 1: SWOT analysis
By using the self-analysis tools like SWOT, I have identified the areas of improvement along with the other skills that required for managing the operational in both personal and professional context. According to analysis, my own development needs are time management, understating of global standard, leadership, anticipation of hospitality functions and use of technical tools to increase efficiency. However, I have these skills but improvement according to current standard of organization and objective to gain higher position at hotel Hilton is required. For that purpose, I will undertake different activities like use of internet sources, observation, training and review of past activities which will help to gain knowledge and understand the new tactics to accomplish the tasks (Moon, 2013).
There are various methods and activities would be used to meet the own development needs. I will prefer reading, observation and use of internet sources to craft improvement in the process of managing resource, planning of operations and functions, gain knowledge about the global trends in hospitality functions to maintain the effectiveness at workplace. By undertaking these activities, I will try to improve the skills and standard of performing the tasks that will aid to meet the future goals and objectives.
In order to meet the current and future define needs, I have to work on the skills in both personal and professional context. By undertaking the SWOT and other tools for analyzing the own skills and competencies, I have acknowledged the areas to improve for short and long terms periods. For that purpose, I will follow the plan that helps to meet the current and future define needs considering the factors that plays significant role to develop qualities.
Table 2: Development opportunities and needs
Action for improvement to meet future needs
For the improvement in leadership to meet the future needs, I will read about the great leaders and observe the activities of seiner managers.
For improvement in this skill, I will use prior planning and scheduling methods. By using these tools I will able to meet the opportunity.
Review of past activities and follow the guidelines of top management, I will meet the future needs in both personal and professional context.
By encouraging interaction with the staff of Travelodge, improvement in team working skills would craft (Lussier, 2011). Additionally, taking active participation in meeting and conferences will support to meet the future needs
Using the past experience and having effective communication with the all departments of Travelodge, decision making would be encouraged according to desired standard.
For development and craft improvement in the skills and knowledge to achieve the objectives and growth in the areas of working, I will follow the activities and process according to following plan. In order to develop this personal and professional development plan, I have used the feedback and self-analysis outcomes. By using the facts and current approach of encouraging the learning and improvement in skills personal and professional development plan has been framed which is as follows:
Table 3: Personal and professional development plan
Action for development
Lack of command over other languages
By joining the classes and encouraging the interaction with international visitors and customers
Having good relationship with and overseas staff members of Hilton hotel
Motivation and anticipation of needs of team members
Observing senior staff members and reading the books of quality leaders
Encouraging staff my recognizing efforts and offering proper support
Global HRM policy and hospitality trends
Use of online sources to gain the knowledge and attending the seminar (Verwey, 2010.).
Offering training about the key trends and HR functions
Lacking in review of tasks
By prior planning, identifying and allocating the resources.
Organizing the major events and business meetings of clients with timely delivery of products and services.
Proper allocation of resources and monitoring
By having prior knowledge about the needs of clients and follow-up of procedure.
Organized the international business-meet with required efficiency and effectiveness
Lacking in understanding of situations and needs
Observing the leading people and analyzing the past decisions (Neck and Manz, 2010).
Contributing in management and staffing decisions of Hilton hotel.
For improvement in the personal and professional qualities and knowledge, it is important for me to implement the development plan as soon as possible. In addition to this, I will undertake different process and activities according to plan with the consideration of the daily operations that I have to perform at workplace. Following are the activities and process that will help me to implement the plan:
In order to synchronizing the objectives of personal and professional development, I would undertake the following document that will help to maintain proper balance in activities to achieve the higher standard.
Table 4: Document for personal and professional development
To do document
For the improvement in skills and gain the higher position within organization, I have followed the activities of developed plan. By following the processes and activities as per the timescale, I have worked on skill set and interpersonal capabilities to meet the desired objectives. However by following the plan, I have improved in the certain areas like communication in different languages, planning and decision making according to expected rating standard but still there are some qualities that need to be enhanced. In order to gain higher position at work place, I have to make more efforts according to plan (Jarvis, 2009). For further analysis of development, I will collect feedback from the staff members and mentor that will help to evaluate the improvement and make changes in the plan.
In addition to this, from the analysis of feedback I have identified that time management; team working and leadership are the areas that are not up-to the expected standard. For that I will make changes in the development plan and include different activities to encourage the skills. Apart from that, there are some positive feedbacks I have gained through following the development plan. According to feedback, I have improved the skills of distributing the work, allocation of resources and implementing the changes in the existing process of hotel organization as per the needs. These kinds of improvements have helped me to get the attention of top management but to meet the original objective (Kop and Fournier, 2011). I have to make more efforts by implementing changes in the existing development plan.
From the critical evaluation and feedbacks, I have identified the areas that are not according to standard as well the activities that are not beneficial for me to craft improvement. For that reason, I have to make changes in the existing plan of personal and professional development. These changes have been done according to advice and evolution of mentor and senior staff members. The updated plan for personal and professional development is as follows:
Table 5: Updated plan for improvement
Meeting the deadlines
Scheduling of tasks
Support and distribution of work
Knowledge of global standard
Analysis of new trends in HRM functions
Use of online sources to gain knowledge
Motivating and guiding the team members
Reading and observation of senior people
According to give scenario, Hilton hotel located at Heathrow airport is facing the high employee turnover issue which is affecting the operations and quality of services. By considering the facts and current situations, the top management of organization could use the following methods to overcome the problem and retain the staff members:
For a organization like hotel, communication and flow of information plays critical role in the growth and gain the support of staff members as clarity in decision making with the consideration of staff create the positive environment. For communication of information, Hilton management could use the following styles:
For hospitality organization and their staff proper management of time is very important that influence the decision of customers. Time management plays important part of managing functions and delivery of services and products. However Hilton hotel is having good process to manage the resources and meet the deadline but still organization is facing issues like delay in services. In order to manage the time effectively organization could use the following strategies:
From the study it is been considered self-managed and lifelong learning is important for individual and groups to maintain the growth and effectiveness in the personal and professional both the context. Report has provided the information about the ways to encourage lifelong learning and its benefits for organization and individual. Moreover, report has analyzed own skills using the SWOT analysis tools and developed the plan to craft improvement in areas of lacking. In the next task, report has discussed about the activities to implement the plan and provided the critical evaluation of gained skills according to personal and professional development plan. At the end, report has provided the solution for work based problem for Hilton hotel.
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