today, I spoke with a training and development manager at an organization that
produces over $1 billion in annual revenue. During our conversation, I was
surprised to learn that they had started an organizational shift away from
instructor-led training, opting to put their thousands of employees through
self-paced training. The first thought that occurred to me was how disorganized
their training initiatives must be – I imagined thousands of employees staring
at a screen, trying to learn by themselves, without the guidance of an expert
or professional in that respective field.
Her reasoning for this fundamental shift was the productivity lost
when teams attend instructor-led training, which can sometimes last a week. It
is a valid reason – we’ve worked with many teams that simply can't afford to
lose a week's worth of work from their team members. However, there are many
ways around this issue, such as cross-training teams, doing one-day sprints
over multiple weeks, or doing half-day training sessions.
Taking a step back for a second, the core question is, what is a
more effective training delivery format: instructor-led training or self-paced
training? To me, this is a no-brainer – 100%, without a doubt, instructor-led training is more
effective. There is
nothing that replaces the experience and expertise of having an instructor
deliver a relevant and personalized training class to your team, live and in
person. The knowledge learned through interacting with an expert in their
field, being able to ask questions, is invaluable.
We all know how boring and frustrating it can be to stare at a
book or screen and try to learn a difficult concept. Why would you want to put
your employees through this? It's a no-win situation.
Bringing a live instructor on-site to your organization, who is
willing to customize the class to your team's unique needs and answer the
team's questions pertaining to their projects, is a win-win for everybody. Your
team will learn the material they need to learn, not what's printed between the
bindings. You've put them in a position to succeed, and your organization will
benefit as a result.
That's why all of DevelopIntelligence's
classes are instructor-led.
We want to provide your team with a relevant learning solution taught by an
expert in their field. We want your team to succeed.
Check out our current catalog of
offered courses. Don’t see what you’re looking for? No problem – just let us
know. We offer free course customization. Speak with a consultant today, via
phone at (877) 629-5631 or email.