Category: Training News

The latest news, regulation updates, and best practices in the training field.

What Can Trainers Do to Work Successfully with SMEs?

“Getting them involved can be very difficult,” she says. Since training is likely not among the SMEs’ job responsibilities, it can be hard to schedule time with them and to get the information you need from them when you need it, Lee explains. She recommends scheduling “kick off meetings” with SMEs to set clear expectations, […]

More Companies Are Investing in Social Learning

Bersin by Deloitte’s The Corporate Learning Factbook® 2013: Benchmarks, Trends, and Analysis of the U.S. Training Market ( found that “spending and resource allocations differ markedly, depending on the L&D organization’s focus and effectiveness.” In 2012, mature U.S. companies spent 34 percent more than companies at the lowest maturity level—with an average expenditure of $867 […]

Report Concludes Training Should Not Be Viewed as Onetime Event

“Learning is a way of life in organizations,” says Eduardo Salas, a psychological scientist from the University of Central Florida. “Everyone gets training. But what matters? What works? What influences learning and skill acquisition?” Salas and his coauthors of a new report published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest, a journal of the Association […]

Employees Are Not Getting Enough Training on Mobile Devices and Cloud Technologies

A new infographic from the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) shows that while more companies are using mobile devices and Cloud apps, approximately 6 million office professionals in North America alone get 10 or fewer hours of training every year provided by their employers. About half those office professionals are completely responsible for their […]

What Is the Role of Reinforcement in Effective Training?

Content and delivery are not necessarily to blame when training fails to drive long-lasting behavioral change. More often, the blame rests with a lack of reinforcement back on the job, says Mike Ryan, senior vice president of Marketing and Strategy for Madison Performance Group ( “Training is a key business imperative, but the long-term results […]

Are Difficult Trainees Having a Negative Effect on Your Training?

“The biggest goal as an instructor is to get difficult people on board and to minimize the impact they might have on others,” says Pluth, whose firm has coined terms for some of the most common types of difficult participants: The Latecomer, The Know-It-All, The Introvert, The Socializer, The Confused, and The Sleeper. She recommends […]

Is Training the Right Solution for a Performance Problem?

Asking many questions before selecting or designing a training program can help determine whether training is the right solution for a performance problem or whether there is an underlying, nontraining issue that needs to be addressed, says Dave Basarab, a training and evaluation expert and author of Predictive Evaluation ( “Separate what training can provide […]

The Role Training Can Play in Narrowing the Skills Gap

Recent research from Cornerstone OnDemand ( identified three concerns related to training with which nearly every company grapples. The first concern is an increasing absence of ongoing training and development. Only 32 percent of employed American adults in the survey have received training and development to boost job performance in the past 6 months. The […]

Survey Says: More Training Needed for Higher Technical Requirements

Almost half (49%) of Human Resources professionals expect that a higher education level will be required for most jobs within that time frame, according to a survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Achieve. And 46% said that most jobs today already require a higher education level than a decade ago. Manufacturing […]