9 Myths and Truths about Employee Training Programs


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9 Myths and Truths about Employee Training Programs

Written on Apr 11, 2017 1:34:39 PM, by Cezara Pralea

Learning can be one of the best ways to improve your life and job performance. But the problem is that many employee training programs are sometimes doomed from the start.

People involved with buying, creating, and participating in training programs may or may not have positive views about learning because of past experience but also because of the many myths that people believe.

Also read: How to Create an In-House Training Plan for Your Team

We’ve rounded up 9 of these learning myths and tried to see if there’s any truth to them or if they’re simply unfounded blockers of the learning process.

MYTH #1: Online, cloud, and technology-based learning platforms are too expensive

TRUTH: There was a time when LMS platforms were only for large companies with huge budgets, but times have changed. Now, the market is full of various platforms that companies can choose from. This competition has driven down the prices, making them more affordable.

Instead of just giving up on an LMS, a good place to start would be with research. There is sure to be something out there that will fit in your budget. Take a look at this comparison guide featuring 5 other popular LMS vendors.

MYTH #2: Only companies with IT departments can have learning management systems

TRUTH: Not too long ago only companies with IT departments could have the best and newest technologies. With the growth of cloud and SaaS, that is no longer the case. Now, with the right partner, any company can use an LMS.

Also read: 11 Technology Trends in LMS

At Teamfluent, we take care of all the tech stuff for you. With our cloud-based system, we can help you set up an LMS for in your company, even if you don’t have an IT department. And we offer pay as you grow prices, so you can start out small and we can grow with you.

MYTH #3: You can only create a training course by hiring an expensive trainer

TRUTH: Sometimes trainers can be helpful as they have a lot of experience in different companies, but you probably have a lot of resources in your own company, as well. With a little practice, your expert employees can become trainers themselves.

Peer learning is an excellent way to save money and help create an excellent program. Find out what kind of internal resources you have and use them.

MYTH #4: Employees don’t like e-learning

TRUTH: This may have been true a long time ago, when people were just trying to figure out how technology and learning could work together, but now, technology is so much a part of our everyday lives, that e-learning is almost expected. Most people might even prefer e-learning as it can be done from home, on the go, through videos, and takes only minutes.

Also read: 6 Ways Technology is Changing the Learning Experience

There are a lot of advantages to e-learning that you can not get from face-to-face training sessions. In fact, 80% of employees say it is very important that their company provide training options to fit their learning styles. So, as technology changes the world, we need to adapt our learning programs to it.

MYTH #5: Employees don’t have time to learn

TRUTH: We are all busy these days, that’s true. But if you give team members and employees access to efficient ways of learning, most of them want to learn. It’s not that people don’t have time to learn, it’s that they often don’t have time to sit through hours, days, or weeks of training. They want to learn and it's your job to create a system that helps them do that.

Unfortunately, 88% of learning professionals believe that employees don't have time to participate in corporate training. In fact, most employees spend about 3 hours studying on their own and almost two-thirds state they would find more time if there were some kind of incentive. Try creating a survey to assess what your employees want and need before you jump into a learning program.

MYTH#6: Traditional programs are no longer relevant

TRUTH: Some companies have jumped ship and no longer want anything to do with traditional programs. This may be a bit extreme. Those types of programs are still very useful and often necessary. The key is to use them wisely and to borrow from e-learning when possible. It might be possible to set up blended learning programs which include the best of both worlds.

MYTH #7: Employee development is the responsibility of the L&D department

TRUTH: Some companies rely on their learning and development departments to control all aspects of their employee development. While learning is an important aspect, all departments need to be involved in the process. The learning and development department has a role in developing courses, but managers need to support the department and encourage employees, while employees need to participate in programs. In fact, only 21% of employees rely on their learning and development for learning materials. 69% learn from a boss or mentor, 55% from colleagues, and 47% from online sources. So, open up learning to your entire company and start trying to create a culture of learning.

MYTH #8: There’s no way to tell if training works

TRUTH: While it can be difficult to accurately track how effective your program is, there are several ways to see how it impacts performance. You can ask your employees for feedback about the program to see how it impacted them. You can also track various KPIs to see if they improve as you train your employees more and more.

While there is no solid answer about the relationship between training and performance, there are some good indicators to help you tell if you are on the right track. As you are creating your training programs make sure to connect the training to your KPIs and assess your employees performance after the training and get their feedback. The more data you have to analyze, the easier it will be to see if it's working.

Also read: Use These KPIs To Measure Training Effectiveness

MYTH #9: Employees will learn and then leave

TRUTH: Some companies have a fear that they will invest in learning, only to have their employees take advantage of this perk and then leave. They think they will be creating better employees for another company. The reality is that people will leave. When you invest in the development of your high-potential team members and employees, you can keep them longer. By continuing to help them grow, you will benefit from their work. If you do not help them develop, they will leave and develop somewhere else. It’s a good idea to make the most of what you have while you have it. 

There is a lot of information out there about what employees want and what employee training programs can offer. But some of that information may not be 100% accurate. Instead of just listening to all the information and misinformation out there, start by looking at your own company's needs and the needs of your employees and team members. Talk to them. See what they want and need from learning. Hopefully, you can help everyone learn more about training programs and dispel any myths they have.


Cezara Pralea
Cezara is a Business Development Manager for Teamfluent. She is also a Jedi writer and a passionate learner, always on the lookout for the next life-changing book.