If I were to ask you when your training will begin for employees next year, would you think it obvious the answer is in January? For many organizations, training employees is not something that happens all 12 months of a year.
In many companies, the training function goes dormant throughout the year for various
excuses, I mean reasons. January is a month to recover from the holidays, so no time for training. June-August is for Summer Vacations, so no time for training. November and December are the holidays, so no time for training. If you live with this calendar, half the year is a no training zone!
Add to these selective months that are completely blocked off, we have our 4-day work weeks because a holiday falls in that week. No time for training since this is a short week. Take a look at your training calendar and see if you have any of these weeks blocked for no training.
I once ran a training department for a mortgage division, and the end of the month was crazy busy, so we never scheduled training around the end of the month. That is a business reason to divert resources, not a calendar excuse.
But training is not always defined as a learning event. Sometimes it is the hiring process, or the planning process that is avoided. Sometimes these no training time periods are a time to kick back rather than catch up. The way I look at it, the training function needs to be engaged every working day of the year. Period! You are receiving compensation for every working day of the year, so it is only fair that you exchange that compensation with productivity.
The last month of the year is notoriously slow for the training function, and yet it is a great time to catch up, clean up and get ready to hit the road running in the new year. Spend some time with your team charting your new year’s resolutions, and create development plans for the staff. If you are the oil that keeps your company’s engine running on all cylinders, then it is important to keep that oil fresh and working properly.
When will your training start next year? The answer is January 2nd!