Targeted Work Class2Targeted Work ClassWhen you look at how companies that have been successful for decades, one will take notice in how those companies attract talent and keep their talent. Those same companies that have been successful in their industry have continually looked at how to stay ahead of their industry competition. Taking a look specifically at Home Depot, you can see how they strive to give their employees that competitive edge with benefits, career growth opportunities, and pay. The purpose of this paper will examine how Home Depot has done their part when it comes to their own targeted work class.Assessment of the Work Process and Key EmployeesHome Depot has become the leader in the home improvement industry since it started back in 1978 in Atlanta, Georgia. The company’s footprint or business model is “stack it high and watch it fly” (Emerald Group Publishing, Limited, 2006, p. 8). Which was great for the first 20 plus years for the company and that changed when the new CEO Robert Nardelli took over in 2000. Instead of keeping with the same business culture model that had allowed Home Depot to attain “$46 billion dollars in revenue in 2000” (Emerald Group Publishing, Limited, 2006, p. 8), Mr. Nardelli sensed a change was needed and that it would need to happen right away even if that was a culture shock to all of the employees from the top to the bottom. What Mr. Nardelli did next was to make sure he had someone that would take the lead and to make sure Home Depot was attracting that ideal employees that would meet the companies new strategic business model. As Hunt has stated, “a company that does not have employees who can support its strategies will fail, no matter how good its strategies are” (Hunt,
MY PHILOSOPHY 2 My Personal Teaching Philosophy Learning is a lifelong journey. Philosophies about teaching and learning are based on life experiences that shape current beliefs. Each teacher has a philosophy about learning that guides their curriculum and instruction. For me, this is no different. I have formed a philosophy for teaching and learning based on my experiences that helps me create goals for the children in my program and future classrooms and helps me decide where to focus my trainings and learning to work on my professional growth. Over the years I have participated in many different styles of teaching and learning. I have gone through preschool, elementary school, high school, two years of classroom based state college, certification programs, distance learning trainings, teaching my own children and daycare children and even the online college here at Ashford University. Each of these experiences in my life has influenced my current teaching philosophy. Out of these experiences there are two teaching/learning styles that had an impact on me. The first, is when I was taking my Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) certification class. The class was largely hands on with a lot of tactile and visual learning. The second, is my time here at Ashford University and my online learning. Ashford put me in charge of my own learning and made me responsible to and for myself. These types of learning allowed me to learn and retain the information presented. The educational philosophies that are most aligned with experiences and have helped shape my views of teaching and learning is a combination of Progressivism and Existentialism. Like Progressivism I believe it is important to teach the whole child. Using each child’s interests and abilities when planning the curriculum and instruction methods to prepare each child for an independent life. (Krogh, Fielstein, Phelps, & Newman, 2015) Existentialism and I share the beliefs that you are responsible for yourself and consequences for actions are your own.