10 Reasons Corporate Training Fails
Posted on April 17, 2011 by Guy Farmer, One of Thousands of Leadership Coaches on Noomii.
Many leaders and HR managers have high hopes for training but then are perplexed when it fails. Find out how to make corporate training work.
I’ve worked with a lot of leaders and organizations to help them design training programs such as team building, communication, leadership and diversity. Most people are highly motivated and caring professionals who really want training to succeed. I’ve noticed that there is a misconception, especially about soft-skills training, which is that it can change an entire workplace with a single session.
I’ve had HR managers ask me to change how their employees communicate in one hour. People mean well but it takes considerable time and effort for training to take root in an organization. Here are ten ideas to improve your chances of success.
1. Set aside ongoing time for training.
2. Support employees so they can keep practicing.
3. Involve leadership first.
4. Allocate money to institute a quality program.
5. Focus on behaviors.
6. Conduct repeated training people can count on.
7. Attendance isn’t optional.
8. Set goals so you can measure success.
9. Train trainers so they can keep the process going.
10. Make the training part of your company culture.
Try these key ideas and you’ll find your training has a better chance of meeting your needs. Successful training is often about the organization and how committed it is to making it happen.