Training ROI requires attention to followup

By Vince Molinaro
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/25/2003

Business leaders are demanding to see a return on investments, but research shows that when it comes to training, organizations are not following up on ROI.

One of the best ways to realize training ROI is to apply learning acquired in a training program back in the workplace. Research in this area suggests the transfer of learning may not be that high.

A recent survey of training professionals, conducted by Alan Saks and Monica Belcourt of York University, explored training transfer. Respondents estimated that only about 62 per cent of employees immediately apply what they learn back on their jobs. Six months after training, the estimated average is 44 per cent, and only 34 per cent one year after attending a course.