Funny how some days everything you look at seems related. This morning I was catching up on my Cutter reading list. I was sucked in by Steve Andriole’s recent Business-IT Strategies Advisor, “The Subtle, the Sublime, and the Nefarious: What We Don’t See Sometimes Tells Us.” It’s a short piece on reading between the lines. In his usual no-holds-barred style, Steve decodes the messages that are circulating around many organizations. Here’s what he wrote about training budgets being cut:
Training to Obsolescence
When management stops training the troops, we should step back and wonder why — really. Usually they say something about saving money, especially in these times: “We’d love to train everyone on the latest and greatest technologies and technology management processes, but we just don’t have the funding right now. Hopefully, we’ll free up some funds for training next year.” What’s the real message here? Well, of course, it could very well be that there are no funds for training this year. But it might also be that senior management is throwing in the towel, deciding to stop increasing its intellectual capital. If that’s the plan, then it sets up an argument sometime down the road about just how obsolete the skill sets among the organization’s technology professionals have become, skills sets that they undermined by their lack of training investments. The development of talent is taken seriously, or it’s not: lip service to the importance of people is one thing, but funding is something else altogether. Pay attention to what they fund, not what they say.
This afternoon, I shifted gears to spend some time preparing for our webinar next Thursday. And that’s where I came full-circle: the webinar is on Learning More with Less. Cutter’s Lance Dublin plans to offer ideas for how you can reduce the costs to train your IT staff, as well as help reduce the expense of learning programs throughout your organization, and maximize the return on those shrinking training budgets.
So, if the message you’re hearing is “training is too expensive right now”, or worse, “we’re not interested in investing in people” and you’re concerned about the long-term impact of that attitude, you might want to attend the webinar and join in the conversation next Thursday (March 12 at noon EDT) and discover what you can do to turn that around.