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What are some preventative measures that can be taken to avoid training program failures?

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2007-05-20 18:09:31

Let's look at some reasons training programs fail. Poorly

defined goals and objectives, Performance measures don't exist or

match objectives, Reward and recognition systems aren't used or

lack appropriate significance, Management support is weak or

non-existent, Resources not available, Workers don't understand the

purpose of the training, Training delivery fails to achieve goals,

and Training delivery doesn't match workers current skill level.

Training is used to increase skills, adjust attitudes, and modify

behavior. Managers, supervisors and workers must work together to

make sure goals are defined, skilled trainers are provided,

resources are made available, milestones are defined, and

appropriate recognitions are used. Training is cyclic by nature as

businesses evolve and workers join or leave work teams. Hence a

program needs to flex to meet variables of the business and its

employees. Any type of training program must address three factors:

Where are we now? Where do we want to be? How do we get from here

to there? Preventive measures are used to manage failure points and

down time. It is more preferable to use proactive measures, which

are familiar to anyone who has driven a car. The car must have

certain things in place before it can be operated safely and

efficiently, such fuel, wheels, brakes and engine. Once the car is

in motion, the driver must interact with the driving environment

while navigating the vehicle from its starting place to its

destination. The driver must anticipate factors of the driving

environment such as road construction, traffic signals, other

drivers and pedestrians. Robust training programs have a starting

point, a destination and a route that may have any number of

potential pitfalls along the way. Successful arrival depends on how

these factors are anticipated and mitigated along the way.

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