Language of the New Generation: Human Resources Acronyms

It is clear that the youngest generation entering the workforce has different communication experiences, and companies are beginning to see the results incorporated into work-related communication methods. The newest generation, also known as (AKA) millenials, has always had access to a cellular phone, an internet connection, and digital music using an MP3 player. Text messaging has replaced the phone conversation as the preferred method of communication among millenials. What impact will texting have on the Language of the New Generation? Will the current workforce of baby boomers (1946-1964), Generation Xers (1965-1976), and Generation Yers (1977-1990) be able to understand what the millenials (1991 and later) are communicating? Or will the term generational moment become common terminology in the workplace? Generational moment is defined as when a person engages in a method of communication with someone from another generation and does not understand what the other person is communicating. For example, a boomer boss receives a message from a millenial after a meeting that reads, txs gr8 db8 cu l8r.

This presents a unique challenge but it also creates new opportunities for using a variety of communication approaches. This has certainly happened before as previous generations incorporated new language into business communication. However, over the past ten years the rapid changes in technology have created enormous communication differences. Millenials are accustomed to communicating using various social media such as FaceBook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube. These are the tools of the next generation of employees and HR would be foolish to ignore it.

Currently, the Human Resource (HR) profession uses acronyms to abbreviate common phrases and terms. For instance, HRD refers to Human Resource Development; ADDIE refers to Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, and Evaluation; ISD refers to Instructional Systems Design; and ALT refers to Adult Learning Theory. The use of acronyms has the potential to save time and money for the employee and the company. In addition, it has the potential to attract tomorrow’s workforce to the company that best incorporates these communication tools. Team 1 purposes that a company can save time and money by incorporating the common millenial communication abbreviations and symbols into traditional business communication.


Human Resource Acronyms

The human resource profession if full of acronyms that people use in writing and conversation, and it is important to know what those acronyms stand for. Acronyms are used in order to abbreviate names or phrases. Here are some common acronyms:

A: AAR – After Action Review ADDIE – Analysis, Design, Development, Implement, Evaluate (SAT or ISD) AL – Accelerated Learning ASTD – American Society for Training and Development

BBLT – Baseline Test BST – Basic Skills Trainer BSP – Business Sponsored BTAIM – Be that as it may

CCAI – Computer Assisted Instruction CAUSED – Can they do it, do they have a positive Attitude, is it Useful to them, are they Skilled in it, do they have similar Experience, is it Different. CBI – Computer Based Instruction CAL – Computer Assisted Learning CBT – Computer Based Training or Competency Based Training CETA – Cost Effective Training Analysis CMP – Course Management Plan CMS – Courseware Management Systems COTS – Commercial Off-The-Shelf CRI – Criterion Referenced Instruction

DDMP – Data Management Plan DR – Design Review DT&E – Developmental Test and Evaluation DTP – Detailed Test Plan

EECR – Electronic Classroom ELO – Enabling Learning Objective ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning EOD – End Of Discussion EOL – End Of Lecture EOM – Exercise Object Model EPSS – Electronic Performance Support System ERIC – Educational Resources Information Center ET – Embedded Training; Evaluation Tool

FFAT – Final Acceptance Testing FEA – Front End Analysis FOJT – Formal On-the-Job Training FTX – Field Training Exercise

GGIGO – Garbage In, Garbage Out GTA – Graphical Training Aid GUI – Graphical User Interface (pronounced goo-ey)

HHPT – Human Performance Technology HR – Human Resources HRD – Human Resource Development HRM – Human Resource Management

II&D – Integration and Development I&KP – Instructor and Key Personnel ICDR – Initial Critical Design Review ICW – Interactive Courseware IDT – Integrated Development Team IDs – Instructional Designers IG– Instructor Guide ISD – Instructional System Development ISD/SAT – Instructional Systems Development/Systems Approach to Training ISPI – International Society for Performance Improvement IT – Instructional Technology ITP – Individual Training Plan ITS – Integrated Training System or Individual Training Standard

JJA – Job Aid JITT – Just-In-Time Training

KKA – Knowledge Acquisition KAS (KSA) – Knowledge, Attitudes, Skills KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid KITA – Kick In The Ass (a motivational method) KM – Knowledge Management

LLCMS – Learning & Content Management System LMS – Learning Management System LG – Lecture Guide LO – Learning Objective LRC – Learning Resource Center

MM&S – Modeling and Simulation MBTI – Myers-Briggs Type Indicator MINIEX – Mini-EXercise MOP – Measure Of Performance MPA – Motivation Problem analysis

NNA – Needs Assessment NIS – Not In Specification NLP – Neuro-Linguistic Programming NSPI – National Society for Performance and Instruction

OOJT – On-the-Job Training OOBE – Out-Of-Box Experience OSHA – Occupational Safety and Health Administration OTM – One Time Measure



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