Make Training A Quarterly Objective

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Make Training A Quarterly Objective

Hopefully, setting personal and professional training goals is an integral part of your organization’s annual performance review process, and/or something you do at the beginning of each calendar year. If not, make 2014 the year you place personal development and training goal setting at the top of your “To Do” list.

When creating goals, it’s important to set goals that are clear and specific, challenging yet attainable, measurable, and to which you and your supervisor both agree. Training goals are no different. Setting quarterly training goals is an easy way to help make sure you attain your objectives incrementally, throughout the year. It’s human nature to tend to wait until the last minute to do something – when goals are all due at the end of a year, we end up rushing to fulfill them in the last quarter. However, training does not lend itself well to this sort of cramming – classes may not be available when you need them, or job duties will prevent you from getting courses done in a short time frame. If you commit to training once per quarter, accomplishing these goals is less stressful – and more likely to happen.

Setting quarterly training objectives tells your supervisor that you are serious about your personal development. Work with your supervisor to set your training objectives – your supervisor may consider other employees who would benefit from additional training opportunities. Chances are, if you are looking to grow your skills or build new ones, others in your organization are looking for ways to do the same. Once you and your supervisor have agreed to your training objectives, this agreement creates a documented plan that prevents you or your supervisor from road blocking your goal achievement. If such a road block comes up, simply saying, “This training is an objective,” tends to remove the barrier.

As you plan your 2014 quarterly training goals, keep us in mind. We offer a variety of programming training courses; group training opportunities are a great way to make sure multiple employees meet their quarterly training objectives, and are often more cost-effective than sending employees to training courses randomly throughout the year.

Once you’ve set your quarterly training objectives, review our course catalog and discuss the options with your supervisor. Our consultants are available, via phone at (877) 629-5631 or email, to help determine what courses would best fit your needs.