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Are acceptable training results acceptable?

SmartPulse — our weekly reader poll in Smartbrief on Workforce — tracks feedback from leading managers and HR practitioners. We run the poll question each Wednesday in our e-newsletter.

Last week, we asked: How would you rank the effectiveness of your organization’s training program?

  • It’s acceptable — people get the information they need to do their jobs, 47%
  • What training program? We’re sink or swim, 35%
  • It’s awesome — we take training very seriously, 18%

Now I’m not the biggest fan of across the board training programs (for some companies, it proves to be a waste of money), but having just an okay training program does seem problematic. I’m willing to look past a sink or swim mentality as simply a divestment in training, but if your company is spending money and staff of training and you aren’t getting great results? Improve it or ditch it.

Lance Haun is community director for, the main guy over at and a member of the SmartBrief on Workforce Advisory Board.

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