Training employees — Get your money’s worth

Managers important part of equation before and after process
By Marybeth Ashbourne
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/03/2010

When training budgets are well-funded, it’s easy to take a casual approach to justifying the spending of training dollars. But very few HR professionals have that kind of luxury these days — many are scrambling to ensure budgets will cover essential training.

Justifying training expenditure is often a challenge. In some cases, it’s legislatively mandated and in others there’s a very clear need to train on a company-specific process, product or piece of equipment.

To avoid that sick feeling that comes from spending company resources — hard dollars and employee time — on training that doesn’t make any difference back on the job, there’s a lot that can be done, before and after the training, to ensure an organization gets its money’s worth and employees build and use new skills.