Thursday, November 17, 2011

Training and Effectiveness

Why does corporate training end with an assessment? A corporate training has to be effective. This means whoever attended the training is able to perform his/her job in a better way than before. But how do you measure the effectiveness? Believe me, I have been asked to measure the effectiveness of the training after my team members attended one. That was a nightmare. Measuring effectiveness is possible only if you have sufficient data prior to the training. Then again, who records these data? Most of the training are announced giving no time to build these data by monitoring the soon-to-be-trained at close quarters.

Anyways, I attended a corporate training last week. Predictably, it ended with an assessment. When the results came out, my team member has a higher score than me. He has been worried since. The source of worry is not reporting to a less intelligent person. Now with the high score, he is worried of being assigned the full responsibility wherever the newly trained skill set is required! After all, he is more capable than me.


  1. the assessment of training effectiveness is the tricky part most times

    your team member must be busy calling out to the gods

  2. @Sujatha - :) The gods are not going to listen. ;)

  3. ya theses assessments...god knows yar..

  4. @Ramesh - Corrected! :) Thank you

  5. ha ha reminds of a joke " During training exercises, the lieutenant who was driving down a muddy back road encountered another car stuck in the mud with a red-faced colonel at the wheel. 'Your jeep stuck, sir?' asked the lieutenant as he pulled alongside. 'Nope,' replied the colonel, coming over and handing him the keys. 'Yours is.'

  6. @Vaz - That was a good one and almost true in many cases. ;)


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