Does Your Training and Learning Work System Waste Learning Time?
I would like you to take a couple of minutes to reflect on three questions. First of all, how many hours of training do you think takes place in the business world each day? Second, what is the total cost of that training?
Third, if we tested each trainee on the material he or she covered two weeks ago today, how much of that material would they really remember? In other words, what did they really learn?
I have my opinions when it comes to training effectiveness. In general, they are not positive ones. Unfortunately, they are also based largely on personal experience and observation. Over the last 11 years alone, I have facilitated more than 10,000 classroom hours.
I feel that the research exists, albeit qualitative, to justify my feelings. I think most of the training that occurs each day in business is a waste of time! We spend the time, but the right stuff does not get into long term memory. Learning does not occur!!
A review of my list of training system weaknesses should help show you why I feel this way. I am also aware however of what I have forgotten. I admit a lack of use of many things others taught me over the years. Some of it was not relevant. Some of it I did not understand. Most of it, I forgot.
As I spent more time as a trainer myself, I eventually began to find better ways to design a training and learning work system to help promote and sustain skill retention and application.