How To Succeed Without Ever Trying

Bob Slydell: You see, what we’re actually trying to do here is, we’re trying to get a feel for how people spend their day at work… so, if you would, would you walk us through a typical day, for you?

Peter Gibbons: Yeah.

Bob Slydell: Great.

Peter Gibbons: well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late, ah, I use the side door – that way Lumbergh can’t see me, heh heh – and, uh, after that I just sorta space out for about an hour.

Bob Porter: Da-uh? Space out?

Peter Gibbons: Yeah, I just stare at my desk; but it looks like I’m working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I’d say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.

Does this iconic exchange from the movie Office Space sound familiar? Are you thinking, “this sounds like me,” or even worse, “this sounds like my staff!”

Many employers are disappointed with their employee’s lack of knowledge – regardless of experience.

The reason lies in corporate training.

Employers pile on large amounts of information for each employee. And then they don’t follow up with their staff about the new content. This may be a consequence of employers not spending enough money to effectively train their staff. And it’s hurting their bottom lines.

4 Reasons Corporate Training is Failing

1.Employers aren’t following up

Many new employees go through an introductory training course when they’re hired. This usually involves a 1 to 7 day downpour of information. Employees are then expected to remember everything – with no refresher.

Why this isn’t working:

Managers are not following up.

After a week long training, employees are confident they know company policies. But, a year later? They’re lucky if they recall half of the information.

The solution is to consistently check in with employees. Follow up with them during training as well as throughout their time with the company to ensure that they are trained to their fullest potential.

2. Every college graduate knows business etiquette

One of the biggest mistakes employers make is hiring college graduates and expecting them to have business knowledge. They may be educated, but real-world experience is near zero.

Why this isn’t working:

Employers believe colleges train students to work in the real world. In reality, they only further their education.

Because of this mindset, employers hire college graduates expecting them to succeed with no training. But, employers get confused when new hires don’t meet expectations. Employers need to realize college educates, they train.

3. Relying on technology

To save money and “better train” their employees, a lot of companies have turned to apps and game simulations to engage their teams.

Why this isn’t working:

While playing games has proven to be more affective in memory retention, companies are not following up. Great ways to follow up are periodic quizzes and simulations throughout the training session and beyond.

4. Fear of loyalty

Companies don’t want to waste money on corporate training because they don’t want other firms stealing their top talent.

After all, employers don’t want to spend money on training, only to lose employees to another company. That means having to reinvest in a new hire.

Why this isn’t working:

Because companies are cheap. They’re not investing in training. This ultimately hurts the company – and the employees. Why? Because poor training leads to poor performance.

How to fix corporate training

Make it useful. Making it something employees refer to throughout their tenure. And follow up with your team to make sure they’ve still got the knowledge to succeed.

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