Posts Tagged ‘employee development’

3 Ways Employee Training and Development Eliminate the Skills Gap

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

According to a recent survey, training and development is a major concern in companies across the country. Employees cite problems ranging from not having training at all, to goals and expectations differing between managers and employees. The survey also reveals that employees feel they do not receive the performance feedback and recognition they need and deserve. Fortunately, effective training and development programs using a learning management system like eLeaP can eliminate the skills gap employees possess, while addressing each of the concerns mentioned in the survey.

Creates Just-in-Time Training

In many circumstances, implementation of training and development programs isn’t until it is absolutely necessary. Other training comes into play only when training sessions are available locally or at a certain price point. Access to social media, on-demand training, mobile devices and the cloud changes the training and development landscape.

Now, employees are able to obtain the information, training and practice they need when and where they need it. Delayed gratification is no longer a concern in the training and development realm.

Prepares Internal Employees for Higher Roles

It costs a company less money to keep an employee than it does to find and hire a new employee. It can also be efficient and cost-effective to promote from within, but only 32% of survey responders claim receiving training and development in the last six months. This again is where training and development comes to the rescue.

You can teach internal employees the skills they need to hold middle and upper management positions. Training and developing employees for promotions helps to retain employees. It also works to boost company morale and tends to create a higher bottom line for the business.

Turns Employees into Team Members

Companies are only successful when managers and employees have goals that align with one another. The survey reveals that only 25% of the respondents say employee goals and management goals are the same. Training and development resolves the gap that can exist between management and employees. Proper training opens the line of communication between employees and managers.

Essentially, training turns employees into team members. Training and development creates coaches out of managers. When managers and employees have the same goals, the individual employees succeed and the company succeeds.

While the survey reveals some of the primary concerns regarding training and development, proper training resolves the issues. With the right training and development programs, employees and managers obtain the training they need to set goals and expectations that align. Additionally, training and development programs eliminate the skills gap employees possess, preparing them to move up the company ladder. In the end, development and training creates a better working environment for employees, managers and the company as a whole.

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Developing Strategies for Training and Development

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Most learning organizations establish a strategic plan, often yearly, that addresses the objectives to support the organization in achieving its goals over the plan’s period.  Training is a Learning and Development function that supports the organization’s strategic objectives by filling the gaps in skills and knowledge required to achieve those objectives.  In order to do this effectively, we must first identify those gaps and then establish an operational strategy that aligns with the organization’s overall strategy.  Let’s examine some of the steps common to this process.

  1. Assess what level of performance will be required to assist the organization in achieving its goals.  What skills or enhancement will we need to implement the organization’s strategic plan? For example, if the strategic plan calls for a reduction in the cost of the products we manufacture to better compete in the market, we would want to determine if our supply management team has the necessary ability to negotiate better pricing with existing suppliers or find new ones. An assessment would be our first objective.
  2. Determine where gaps currently exist between the existing performance and the required performance.  Here we want to assess the skills and performance that we currently have against what we have established as required to accomplish the levels of performance needed by the organization. Benchmarking and determining best practices would be our second objective.
  3. Establish a strategy to meet current and future needs. The challenge, then, is to determine how we are going to go from where we are currently to where we need to be at some future point. There are several possible strategies to consider:
    1. i.      Provide in-house, specialized training to the supply management group by hiring instructors who are experts in the subject matter. This training will be tailored to our precise needs. Since the training will be conducted at the organization’s facilities, no travel is required. Very little cross-pollination of ideas will take place considering all the trainees will be from the same organization.
    2. ii.      Locate educational resources with existing training programs in the subjects.  This training will address the common needs of the mixed group. Staff can attend at several specific times during a period but will likely have to travel.
    3. iii.      Develop an eLearning program for both self-study and instructor-led online training (blended learning). This training, too, can be tailored to our exact needs; however, it is delivered through a Learning Management System that can be accessed by the trainee at any time. (To better  understand the capabilities of this method, browse through the eLeaP website at www.eleapsoftware.com)

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