5 Reasons To Consider To Reinvigorate Your Training Program
Many businesses use a lot of dedicated resources on corporate training and have little to show for it. With little practical follow-up or meaningful assessment, approximately 90% of new skills are lost within a year as some research suggests. Corporate training often fails to engage and enhance employee’s knowledge and skills, while not providing meaningful learning experiences.
Whatever the reason training fails or is ineffective for business, the important thing is that it gets fixed.
Employees need more than what they’re getting
Employees need more training than they’ve ever needed before and more than they are currently getting. This is especially true if your organization is experiencing a skills gap. Given the advancement of technology and the increased complexities of organizations, jobs are changing very quickly and becoming more specialized. For evidence, look at the IT industry. A few years ago there was no such thing as big data. Today, the idea of a business not considering analytics is far-fetched.
Employees must be monitored and held accountable
Many training departments fail in correlating the training to specific job duties of participants leaving employees unfulfilled. Monitoring is more than observing training; it requires involvement of training department staff, direct supervisors, and employees. At it’s best, monitoring involves pre, mid, and post program testing to ensure the necessary skills are being taught and retained creating an accountability element.
The training program may need to be refreshed
If a training program is not taking full advantage of the technological boon we are in, then it needs to be reevaluated. Today’s technological training draws participants in to the process by allowing them to access the content where, when, and how they want. More importantly, technological based training is flexible enough to adapt to specific needs of a group or individual employees.
Employees don’t have the immediate opportunity to practice
Skill decay is a very real element of training and preventing it is something that most companies aren’t focused on. The forgetting curve found that 67% of learned information is lost within 24 hours if nothing is done to remember it. This statistic suggests repetition, practice, and application is as critical to training as the content itself. If employees are not immediately practicing their newly learned skills, it’s unlikely they’ll retain them long-term. If training doesn’t extend beyond the classroom it is likely failing it’s objectives.
The training program lacks purpose
Training needs to be about engaging and providing inspiration to employees and stakeholders outside an organization. It’s no longer enough to have training be about delivering content to boost knowledge, today’s employees demand engagement. Training departments need to empower companies to grow and achieve their objectives today, tomorrow, and in the future.
Training is considered the backbone of any corporation’s sustainability. Today, training can help attract and retain top talent as well. If you’d like to discuss training strategies for your business, contact me for a free, no-obligation consultation.