In today’s ever-changing business environment, a properly planned investment in training can be well worth the time, effort, and resources. Organizational training is an effective way to ensure employees and managers are continually prepared to meet demands.
Not only is training often legislatively required, when done right it helps to create a workforce that is adaptable and ready to assume new roles and assignments. It can instill the values and goals of the company into individual employees and increase motivation to perform well in support of the organization. It can also be regarded as an attractive recruiting feature to individuals who are interested in continual learning and growth opportunities. Overall, training should be perceived as a way to improve performance, both individually and for the organization as a whole.
Even though training should be perceived as an activity that adds value, a common problem with training is that some employees and even some managers don’t buy into its worth. They only view training as being required by the company to comply with legislative requirements and don’t look beyond that. This attitudinal barrier prevents training from becoming accepted as an ongoing part of professional development. Common problems arising from attitudinal barriers include a lack of communication, a lack of understanding about the relevance of the training, and hesitation to become involved in the training process. Disengagement then travels down the pipes and organizational training no longer does what it’s intended for.
So what is the best approach to ensure both management and employee engagement with training? Organizational training has proven results. It’s beneficial to provide a thorough explanation of its purpose in order to be carried out successfully at all levels. Communicating the “why” of training, putting it into practice immediately, and positively reinforcing all phases of training will not only enable the uptake of the new information, but will also allow ongoing learning to become an accepted part of the corporate culture.
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