Mandatory or voluntary?Mandatory training without resentment — a delicate balance for employersBy Asha Tomlinson03/25/2002|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/18/2002 Although statistics show corporate Canada lags behind other countries in terms of money spent on training, there are still many companies who strive to be leading-edge in staff development. And the million-dollar question for most of them when thinking about a strategic plan: Should training be mandatory or voluntary? T&D experts say it’s one of the toughest decisions to make.“That’s the challenge facing organizations, striking that balance between mandatory and voluntary,” says Scott Gilmore, senior vice-president of CDI/Gilmore, a consulting firm specializing in training and development. “It’s not something a lot of companies do well. Most of them can’t decide where the balance should be.”The answer seems to vary from year to year. The second annual To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.