Employers are often puzzled by how little employees’ performance improve despite sending them for expensive training courses. The following are some major pitfalls as to why employee training fails and what you can do to minimise the risks.

Limited time and competing priorities

Training tends to take a back seat when employees prioritise their already long lists of tasks that need to get done. To circumvent this, encourage employees to take ownership of their own continuous growth, and give them ready access to training materials they can use at any time.

Lack of relevance to work

Employees who do not see the relevance of the training and how it could impact their work would likely be disengaged during the training. Hence, it is important to get the employees’ buy-in as to why they have been given this valuable training opportunity and help them relate this to the company direction.

Lack of commitment to change

Sometimes, the employees themselves would prefer the “status quo”, not deal with persisting problems, and be unmotivated in any training that aims at effecting change at the workplace. If so, the management team must reiterate the urgency of addressing the problems to ready your people to move out of their comfort zones.

The above excerpt is our compilation of ideas for business leaders in the areas of people management, leadership, and workplace happiness. 

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