Top 5 Reasons Why Corporate Training Doesn’t Work
If you think the next year will be the year for learning at work. Guess again. Our team ranked the Top 5 Reasons Why Corporate Training Doesn’t Work.
Leaders and managers need the permission, training, and time to implement training concepts and skills. The three become inextricably intertwined. Because they need systems of accountability woven into their day to day. This can look like a consistent thread of conversation about training ideas and implementation with a group of managers. Also, it can look like followup training sessions for management and consistent executive coaching.
In order to maximize resources available and minimize logistical expenses, it’s common for companies to offer intensive day(s)-long training programs. The reality is that people simply can’t absorb and remember all of that information in that amount of time. Hence, they will forget quickly what the class taught.
I’ve lost count of the times that I’ve faced a room full of people who’ve been sent to me to ‘fix them’. No one has asked them if they want to – or feel the need to – attend this program. They haven’t been told what to expect, what’s in it for them, how they will benefit … much less been asked what they really need to learn to help them be better at their jobs.
Boilerplate approaches to employee training are destined to fail because they lack customization, freshness, and–in some cases–up to date information. Planning is the antidote. Above all, every detail of an employee training program should come from a strategic plan. Information gathering is another vital element to planning. Since feedback provides valuable ideas about content and learning methods, periodic surveys of staff and management can help in the design and planning of successful training events.
Accordingly, employees are continually working to prioritize sometimes overwhelming lists of tasks and meetings, and typically training sessions take a back seat to anything that directly supports the business. Every trainer has heard “schedule conflicts” blamed for flagging attendance
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