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Wed 23rd Mar 2011

Employees Not Meeting Training Expectations


In a recent survey, businesses are falling short on meeting employees expectations for development and growth, with majority of employees stating they are unhappy with how their jobs have trained them...

According to a study conducted by IT and business skills provider, Global Knowledge, 72% of employees view learning and development opportunities within their positions and companies as equally important as salary. However, many of the respondents state they still face barriers from their employers in receiving the training they need for their jobs.

For example, out of the 700 survey respondents, more than half said they werent given a budget for training and development opportunities. A further 49% also stated they could not get any time off from work to train. The said employees are within IT and commercial departments areas that, as you can well imagine, need to be kept up-to-date with the latest training and information in order to deliver satisfactory results.

According to Allan Pettman, UK managing director of Global Knowledge, employees reckon the importance of training, which is why part of the blame should be put on employers who are failing in their responsibility to motivate employees and let them advance in their careers by giving them the instruments they need to improve their skills and become more employable.

Researchers found even though some businesses did invest and provide training, many of them failed to effectively monitor the ROI on the training. In another study, one in five businesses stated their company didnt think training had been effective. More than half of respondents only relied on observation to check new skills. Just five percent of employers had asked employees to complete post-learning assessments. An additional 26% had follow-up discussions with staff to assess the value of the training.

However, I dont believe we should put the entire blame on the company. Since the economic downturn in 2009, many companies just do not have the financial resources to invest in training employees. Training can often take up to a week to complete and many companies do not have the resources to cover that loss. It is just simpler and financially smarter for them to forego the training altogether.

As a result, employees are either seeking outside training on their own or worse, seeking new employment that can provide the training. That is a big mistake, considering the tough times we live in, as employees should be smart enough to understand that a company that keeps losing human resources wont survive a long time.

On the other side, employees who havent received proper training are less likely to find good jobs than qualified professionals who have attended courses and have improved their skills through training. And, considering that most employees rely on their skills and experience to remain employable, the fact that employers can not afford to train them as they should is indeed a serious problem. One things for sure, according to HR experts, employees are strongly disappointed in employers