The first thing that many organizations do to reduce cost during tough times by cutting down on training or a total freeze on training. This can be avoided if organizations try to identify what is lacking in their current training initiatives and implement creative training methodologies.
Over emphasis on class room training:
Currently, in most companies, training is done through class room methodology. Research data indicates that class room training contributes to 10 percent learning effectiveness, coaching to 20 percent learning effectiveness and the remaining 70 percent comes through on the job learning.
Segregating performance and learning goals: Companies segregate performance and learning goals. However, in reality, performance goals are learning goals. Key Result Areas (KRAs) are those that help an organization reach where they have never been before. If at all any training / coaching is required for individuals / teams, it would necessarily be for planning and executing these performance learning goals. Instead companies look at performance goals and learning goals in silos and then try hard to integrate.
Training agenda is planned by HR departments: In most companies, participants do not have any clue or ownership for the company sponsored training. As they have nothing to lose and everything to gain, people plunk into class rooms with their minds elsewhere.
Innovative thinking and not slashing training budgets indiscriminately is the answer to make training work.
Structure company training around organizational and departmental KRAs: For each organizational KRA constitute a cross functional team of six members, two of them who are proficient in the area and four who require learning. Provide brief classroom training on the subject matter, project and team management skills. Identify internal coaches for each KRA team. Give learning budget to each team which they can spend on study visits, buying primary or secondary data and accessing technical help.
Here’s a look at how training can help aspirants excel.
The importance of continued training and skill development has been highlighted by a recent international workplace survey that shows approximately nine out of ten Indian respondents believe their current skills will be outdated within five years. A survey finds more than a third of the respondents believe the training currently provided by their employers will not meet their future career needs.
Training as a function, should be given more importance than it has been given traditionally.
In an increasingly competitive global economy investing in vital human capital can become a key competitive advantage for firms. Training may not seem a priority in the present economic climate, but organizations that devote the resources will be more likely to see higher productivity and profitability in future. The survey also highlights the significance that employees across the generational age groups place on training and skills development to sustain them in a rapidly changing labor market.
In addition to innovative training innovative thinking of an individual make them professional and succeed in their careers.
Many professionals succeed in their careers mainly because of their capacity to ideate or think innovatively. Every organization needs employees who can come up with newer and better ideas and that too at a short notice. All work hard to get ideas but ideating is something that doesn’t happen with hard work alone, it needs more than sheer diligence. So, if you too face a crunch of ideas quite often, here are a few tips for you:
You need to be 100 percent focused on a matter / problem or issue to think laterally on it. For example actors immerse themselves in the personalities of their characters while painters do sketch after sketch of an image. To ideate well you need utmost concentration, so avoid distractions while you sit down to think.
It’s easier to get ideas when you brainstorm on a particular issue with a group of people who offer suggestions and inputs. So, don’t confine yourself, go ahead and seek help from people around you.
Don’t dismiss an idea just because it seems strange to you, or because it defies some pre-convinced notions. Sometimes, the weirdest of ideas might generate spectacular results, so work on them. Also try not to think about time constraints while ideating as it affects the quality of your ideas.
You won’t be able to think creatively if you are stressed out and constantly worrying about one particular thing. The suggestion is you take a walk, play on your computer or enjoy a cup of coffee before getting back to work. It will relax your mind and help you ideate better.
As you investigate ideas and combine them to meet your purposes, keep them simple. Ideas that fit together in a simple, logical and complementary fashion work well. When a simple combination of ideas gets you good result, it is indeed good innovation.