Save training from the axe

HR needs to align training strategy with the business for maximum impact: T&D experts
By Asha Tomlinson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/13/2002

Training is supposed to be a lifelong investment in people, improving their skills in order to create a more productive workforce, however, when economic times get tough if training can’t be justified it’s the first thing to go.

So HR departments find themselves in a sticky situation, scrambling for ways to measure the value of training and convince senior executives what they’re offering is a worthy investment.

“So often when the ROI on training comes up, it is from the perspective of the HR department trying to justify its existence,” says Norman Trainor, president and CEO of the Covenant Group, a T&D consulting firm. “A lot of training is perceived as nice to do and not need to do. If there is any kind of expense management going on the nice to do gets eliminated.”