Oh what a wonderful time of year….turkeys, turning leaves and training calendars!! This is the time of year most organizations sit down and plan their learning and development opportunities for the upcoming calendar year. Obviously, as providers of that training, we love this time of year because when L&D managers fill their organizational calendar with training, it fills our calendar with work! So, what I’m going to say next to all of those L&D managers out there may come as a surprise: You need to remember to look beyond the classroom to ensure development in your organization. Over and over again we hear the 70/20/10 theory of development. That is, that for the typical employee only 10% of their development comes from formal training, 20% from informal relationships like mentors and 70% from on-the-job experiences.
What does that mean for those of us responsible for development?? It means we need to work harder to provide development opportunities on a daily basis. AND, for those of us excited to fill training calendars, it means we need to pay more attention to what we at deepSEE call “wrap-around learning.” That’s the guided learning that takes place before and after the face-to-face learning in the classroom. It’s activities, chat rooms, on-line exercises, all with practical application that drills deeper into the subject matter. So, yes, let’s fill our training calendars, but let’s also not forget how much stronger those training calendars are when they are firmly tied to on-the-job realities and application, and training time is all the time!