By knowing what
causes training initiatives to fail, you will better know how to ensure they succeed.
Training is a
major industry. In a study, it was estimated that in 2016, $360 billion dollars was spent on
training. And this is a rate that has
been growing an astonishing 10% (compounding) per year!
With that amount of money being put to use in training, it is critical that you prepare yourself for any training initiative by understanding the ways that many training initiatives fail.
Here are our top
10. Dedicating insufficient
resources to creating and maintaining the initiative
9. Rushing the development of
training to meet arbitrary deadlines and handicapping the entire process
8. Approaching the training
initiative as a one off event rather than a process that will grow and evolve
7. Leaving the parameters for
success undefined, or creating unclear parameters
6. Never clearly communicating the reason for the training
5. Not taking the time to
engage employees in the training or create accountability around employee
4. Developing training with
outdated content, or content that is not detailed enough to accomplish goals
3. Insufficient follow-up
and/or follow-through on training initiatives
2. A lack of support from
leadership to properly develop and/or support training
1. Relying on one “perfect
solution” to solve all your training needs instead of employing a blended
Every training initiative flows
through a development and/or rollout phase as well as the continuous “live”
phase, where the training is actively in place in the organization. Avoiding the pitfalls above will help any
organization, no matter the phase, to develop, implement, and maintain
successful training initiatives and ultimately a more productive workplace.