The Impact of Training on Productivity
Within the workplace, all training, teaching or learning absolutely must result in an improvement in productivity in its widest sense.
In New Zealand, the workforce is distracted from productive work on average for 47% of the day. That’s about the same as a Super Rugby game where the ball is actually only in play for 53% of the game. Whichever way someone is not getting their money’s worth or productive gains.
We are working longer with greater technology yet not improving productivity compared to other OECD countries. It’s time to up the productivity.
So where does training fit into this?
Often we find staff being sent off to seminars, courses and lectures which operate learning methodologies sometimes called: “Dump and Run” or “One and Done”.
You get a nice folder a wad of notes a biro and a fridge magnet. They take you through the notes, participants fill out the spaces for answers, play a few games, have a laugh, enjoy the company, do the group photo and with a participation certificate head home. A great day away from the office.
Presented in this way participants have forgotten 50% of what they have learned within an hour. Within 24 hours they have forgotten 70% of the new information. Within a week they have fallen back to their old ways of working.
That is not enough for continuous improvement and increased efficiency.
With the right kind of training and specific leadership practices, we can make substantial progress toward improved learning and productive gains.
As much as 80% of adult learning takes place through a combination of training, experiencing through expert/relevant practice and specific coaching and leadership practices.
This is called Experiential Learning.
Experiential learning methods have been proven over time and are utilized by only the best trainers.
In over 30 years of teaching, training, and coaching staff and students by being inventive and utilizing experiential learning strategies I have seen students, staff and companies achieve great success.
This has been my experience in large primary industries, government departments and with specific groups like special needs children in secondary schools, inmates in prisons and with long-term unemployed groups.
Experiential learning is challenging and increases skills and knowledge that have immediate application in productivity. And above all demands accountability of the learner, the teacher and management.
“How” you learn is important.