Providing Adequate Training

When was the last time you provided training to your existing team members? Some of you may be able to answer this question quickly – “oh, we did some training and development about six months ago.” But if you’re like most, you’re probably scratching your head trying to remember the last time any training took place. It’s a common issue. According to the “Top Management and Performance Challenges Facing Multiple Federal Agencies” report released by the Council of the Inspectors General, providing adequate training is a key area of concern.

Where are we seeing this? It seems to run rampant. The Department of State (DOS) reported that under qualified staff developed, “deficient performance work statements that led to multiple poorly designed projects and millions of dollars in wasted funds.” The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) stated that sensitive information was put at risk because they had failed to provide employee training programs. Those are just a few sobering examples. Quality training is such an integral workplace component. Here are just a few ways reasons why:

  • Addresses Employee Weaknesses: Training programs enable you to strengthen employees’ existing skills and address areas that need improvement. Efficiency and productivity are increased. Employees can work better independently and in teams without constant supervision.
  • Improves Employee Job Satisfaction: No one likes to feel confused and out of the loop when they’re at work. Consistent training builds skills, knowledge and confidence. It also makes employees feel like they’re valued and supported. If an agency is willing to make an investment in their workers, those workers are probably less likely to jump ship for another job.
  • Eliminates Wasted Money and Addresses Security Concerns: As mentioned earlier, a few agencies reported poorly designed projects due to a lack of proper training, as well as sensitive information put at risk. The Defense Intelligence Agency specifically noted that providing a standardized training program could help them in “identifying, assessing and mitigating counterintelligence risks to mission-critical acquisitions.”

Don’t make the mistake of forgetting about training or putting it on the backburner. Agencies must ensure that workers are continually kept up to date with policies, processes and procedures. A structured training program ensures that employees have consistent learning opportunities and a chance to build knowledge and skills. Leah M Joppy and Associates can work with you to look at your current training programs, what’s working and what isn’t and address and fix any weaknesses. Call us at 301-670-0051 or email to learn more.