Training : It's Not Always the Answer

Abstract:Employers need employees who perform well, and while training is one way to achieve this goal, it isn't the only way. A training needs analysis assesses current performance and defines desired performance, with the gap between the two states characterizing needs. Investigative analysis, root cause analysis and intervention selection and design are the three interrelated stages that make up a true needs analysis. Generally, a combination of methods is necessary to get valid data, and because it is resource intensive, the analysis should blend strategies to determine true needs. A performance centered needs analysis provides a means to resolve performance issues and obtain optimal value from training …

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