Rarely, if ever, does a request for a training course or the design and development of a course ever come without an unreasonable time constraint by the client. Two days of training are allotted for a three day course or a half-day course is requested to be delivered in 2 hours. It never seems to fail. Why?
Obviously, time is a precious resource. Time equals money. But, is that the real reason? Learning is critical. If employees don’t know what to do, how can they perform, much less perform well? Like most other things, learning, if done correctly, takes time. The amount of time depends on a variety of factors, not the least of which is what is being learned.
Would a business ship an incomplete product just to save time to get the product to market earlier? Would a business sell a half-baked cake or ship a partially assembled handset? Absolutely not!!! So why, then, short-change learning? It makes no logical sense. However, it happens so frequently there must be some kind of explanation. Here are a few possibilities:
- Management doesn’t care.
- Management doesn’t know or understand the dynamics of training and the learning process.
- In-house trainers don’t do a good job of making a case for allowing sufficient time for learning to occur.
Are there other explanations?