Interactive Skills Training is Key for Cutting Edge Companies, EngagedEmployees
With companies facing economic stress, training time and money is being cut. However, effectivetraining is crucial if companies want to stay competitive and keep their best employees. Trainingguru Bob Pike discusses why training is important and how to increase training's effectiveness whiledecreasing time spent in the classroom.
Columbus, OH, February 24, 2011 --(PR.com)-- With information technology specialists taking onadditional responsibilities, less time is available for training to bridge skills gaps where new technologyand security is concerned, yet many admit these same technologies are already being deployed withoutsecurity in mind, especially in the area of cloud computing, according to a recent Frost and Sullivansurvey.Managers also are facing similar challenges where they are being asked to do more with less but admitthey don't have the right knowledge or tools to do so, according to a recent study by the American Societyfor Training and Development.With the economic crisis of the last few years, organizations have cut back drastically on training anddevelopment, with a few completely eliminating training roles and departments in an attempt to stayviable. Yet, training is critical for keeping company performance and customer standards high. Almost 75percent of those surveyed recently by Global Knowledge said opportunities for training were nearly asimportant as salary when it came to considering a position.“Training is seen as an affirmation, an investment in the employee,” said Bob Pike, chairman of The BobPike Group, a training and consulting firm in Minneapolis. “People feel valued when their employers arewilling to help position them to succeed, not only in their current role but in future roles as well.”However, not all training is created equal. Many employees complain of death-by-lecture experiences andview training as punishment, not the catalyst for improvement it should be. “Learning is directlyproportional to the amount of fun you have,” Pike said. “I'm referring to the sheer joy of learning that cancome from involvement and participation when that interaction is purposeful. Why tell workshopparticipants the 15 qualities found in great leaders when they can brainstorm many of them in small,interactive groups?”Pike, considered the pioneer and industry leader in participant-centered train-the-trainer workshops, alsosays skills practice during training is a key component for information transfer. “If we want people to dothings differently, we must provide them with opportunities to implement new ideas in a nonthreateningenvironment. It's one thing to know something intellectually; it's quite another to have the emotionalconviction that comes from personal experience.”While some may view lecture as a time-savings measure, Pike disagrees. “Lecture doesn't guarantee thatpeople are going to be able to use what they've heard. Involving people enables them to internalize ideas