Case Study: Add Staff to Improve Training ROI

On November 5, 2015, I happened to be speaking with a training colleague from another department when she began telling me the story of how she was finally able to add a .5 FTE to her training team. I asked how it was working out for her, and she began rattling off all the benefits she was seeing.

It had helped lighten her workload. She had a new partner in crime with whom she could kick ideas around. This new training person was super-high quality.

“This is exciting,” I said, “but have you seen any impact… as in anything you can quantify?”  Continue reading

Is it worth it to attend that industry conference?

I think conferences can be fun to attend. They offer an opportunity to see some big name speakers deliver keynote addresses. They offer an opportunity to meet new, likeminded people. They house breakout sessions which hold the promise to educate on hot trends or promising practices that can help me do things new or differently or better. And let’s face it, some conferences are held in some pretty fun cities and offer an escape from the daily grind at the office.

But are they really worth it? Continue reading

Transfer of Training Template

Are you headed off to a conference?  Or perhaps you’re a supervisor who’s sent a staff member to a workshop.  The following, simple graphic organizer is designed to assist you (or your direct report) in transferring the learning from the classroom to the workplace.

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This is how I used the template when I recently attended the SHRM Talent Management conference.

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Obviously, this is just a template.  You may want to modify it, take something out, or perhaps add an additional field (maybe adding a field to the top such as:  “What I want to take away from this session”).

The key is to keep it simple.  Put too many fields in and it becomes tedious to fill out.  Remove too many fields and it may not be useful in transferring the learning to the realities of the workspace.

Give it a whirl (or if you’re a manager, give it to a direct report that will be attending a training session), see if this simple tool can help increase the return you realize the next time you invest in professional development.

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