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To Train or Not to Train...

by Dr. M Marie Sanders, Ms Jerri L. Hargis, PHR


Having high-potential employees does not guarantee that they will succeed. In order to provide new employees or current employees with the skills they need to perform their jobs, an employer must provide training. Training provides your employees with the tools they need to do what you want them to do; how you want them to do it. Without training, your employees will be able to do only what they know to do - the way they know to do it; and worse case scenario, to do nothing productive at all. Good training is vital to the health of your organization and ignoring good training for your employees is dangerous if not fatal to your organization.

In an article by AP Economics Writer, Jeannine Aversa, Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, is quoted as saying: "Education - lifelong education for everyone from toddlers to workers well advanced in their careers - is indeed an excellent investment for individuals and society as a whole."

The trick to effective training is two-fold:

It is easier for trainees to understand and remember materials that are meaningful and are presented in ways that hold their interest. People have different methods of learning and the more of these methods that can be woven into the training, the better the opportunities for all types of learners to succeed upon completion of the training.

Choosing not to invest in training your employees is a choice to not invest in the future of your company.

In order to be most successful, the training should make it easy to transfer the new skills and behaviors to the job of the trainee. The more similar the training is to the actual work situation, the better. Good training should also include adequate opportunities for practice.

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Considerations for deciding what training to select include:
Determine what training will enhance your workplace:
Determine who will best benefit from the training you select:
Determine how much you can afford to spend on training (realizing that you may need to cut somewhere else to invest in training):

Determine how you will know if the training you select is (or has been) effective and useful:

Deciding to train your employees is a very important business decision, followed very closely with selecting the correct curriculum to meet your needs. Choosing not to invest in training your employees is a choice to not invest in the future of your company.

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About the author

Dr. M Marie Sanders

Dr. M Marie Sanders (USA)

Ms. Sanders holds an MBA and a Doctorate and has 30+ years of business experience in privately held businesses and non-profit organizations. She was a professor for the University of Central Oklahoma teaching undergraduate and MBA classes in the college of business (Leadership and Human Resource Management) and holds real estate broker licenses in two U.S. states.


Ms Jerri L. Hargis, PHR

Ms Jerri L. Hargis, PHR (USA)

Ms Hargis holds a Professional Human Resource Certification, a US Series 7 Broker's license, a US Series 66 Registered Investment Advisor's License and an Oklahoma Residential Agent of Life, Accident and Health Insurance. She is a member of the Society of Human Resources (SHRM).


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