If you check in with most training departments in December you won’t find a lot of actual training events happening. With holiday celebrations and employees taking time off from work, there are not a lot of people to take training. So is this a good reason for the training function to take the month off?
I’d say absolutely as long as they forfeit their paycheck for the month, otherwise they need to be doing something constructive.
Just because you are not conducting a training event, does not mean that there is not a whole heck of a lot that can be done in the last month of the year. I’m a big fan of hitting the ground running on January 2nd, but this means attending to some housekeeping items before the year ended.
- Clean out the stockroom, cabinets and work areas. Remove all the stuff piling up and make the decision to use it or throw it away. Make sure your LMS records are up to date, so when you run year-end reports in January, the data is clean.
- Use this time to review the strategic plans for training next year with staff. Make sure project plans are in place, and if you can begin working on a project early, do it! If you need to order supplies, or obtain resources get it done now.
- If you need to negotiate deals with vendors, fit that in before year-end so save a lot of money. ALL vendors are eager to make last-minute deals to push up year-end sales figures. This is to your advantage, because you will not have this opportunity to get this pricing until maybe mid-year again.
- Check in with management for any last-minute discussions for plans in the first quarter so you have a head’s up to work coming down the pipeline. Get in front of the wave, so it doesn’t knock you down.
- And my last piece of advice is for everyone to reflect on the contributions of other employees, and show your appreciation for what they have done and how it has made your job easier. Gratitude goes a long way, and it fits into the season so well too!
Happy Holidays from The Training Physical!