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Employee Training Hours Targets

Submitted by  on February 20th, 2010

I’m wondering how many organisations are still using a set target of minimum number of training hours per employee per year to guide their training schedule. You know how this appears: Each employee is mandated to undergo at least 40 hours of training in one year –or something similar.

It strikes me that this kind of target is a real anachronism. Doesn’t the amount of time each employee needs to undergo training each year depend on the strategic and operational objectives of the business? I see this kind of minimum target as being similar to the Human Resources Manager declaring a minimum weight for everyone’s work clothes. What would we think if the Human Resources Manager announced that every employee is to wear a minimum weight of clothes of x kg/lbs? Wouldn’t we think he/she was a bit strange?

How could one minimum weight capture the needs of short trim people, large tall people, people sensitive to the cold, those sensitive to the heat, those working in offices near the equator, those working at much higher latitudes, those working in air conditioned offices and those working outdoors? And yet we issue that kind of pronouncement when it comes to training. Are you using this kind of training target in your organisation? And if so, how are you using it?

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