Often, companies implement learning and development programs for new employees or when there is new technology and current workers must be informed about how to perform certain activities. Below are three challenges, and respective solutions, that an organization may face regarding learning and development. It is important that companies understand common hardships among employee learning programs and how to potentially change business structures to address these issues.
1. Decreased Team Size
In connection to the second-largest reason why companies struggle with learning and development when teams are small, it becomes difficult for managers to allocate their time between their workload and training. About 22% of companies surveyed in the 2019 U.S. L&D report claimed that being a smaller-sized company poses the biggest hardship for learning and development programs. Unfortunately, smaller companies likely have fewer employees taking on more tasks at one time when compared to a larger company, where there are hundreds of employees to split tasks among. With this being said, companies are then forced to have employees take time from their workload in order to educate new employees. Solutions to this include utilizing video conferences, analyzing the goals of the training, and having clear communication among one another. Even though video conferences may take time out of the workday, it’s likely to be a shorter amount of time than face-to-face meetings, which often includes travel time.
2. Shortage of Employee Time
Although learning and development programs are important to an organization as a whole, they often take up immense amounts of time. Everyone has their own schedule filled with meetings and work. It is especially hard for managers to take time out of their busy days to train new employees. Sometimes managers put in extra time by working on the weekends, which interferes with their personal time. A solution to this challenge is to have a micro-learning approach, meaning that companies supply new employees with well-made short videos, checklists, infographics, and more. This is an inexpensive way to allow new employees to learn more about a company while not using up another coworker’s time.
3. Limited Budgets
The annual budget for employee training often tends to be much smaller than other areas of the budget. A limited budget contributes to the challenges of learning and development within a company. Paying existing employees overtime to train other employees is very costly. As a result, many companies have benefitted by using online webinars and training videos to decrease travel costs for managers.
These three hardships that many businesses deal with are only a handful of the many challenges that occur within an organization. Interested in learning more about solutions to your learning and development issues? Click here to contact a CoreAxis specialist to give you professional insights on implementing effective learning and development in the workplace.