Training on personal time: “The whole notion is absurd”

By Frances Manning
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/12/2001

At the Training Directors Forum in Phoenix last June, two questions were put to the training specialists. One question concerned field reps who were reluctant to take laptop-based training (developed by a company, to the tune of a million dollars US.)

The company’s training director said the reps preferred devoting their 50- to 60-hour work weeks to selling and “don’t want to train during their time off.”

A second question focussed on unions and the concern of a training manager for a municipal government that sooner or later trainees will say no to online learning on their own time. “When you start asking people to do this without reward or compensation for the time, I do believe someone is going to challenge us.”