How to Achieve Alignment Between Training and Company Objectives

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In “Aligning Employee Training With Company Objectives,” we discussed the importance of aligning employee training with broader business goals and corporate strategy. Training with a focus on company strategy and goals ensures staff are best prepared to carry out that strategy on a tactical, day-to-day level and ensures they are focused on those goals.

In this post, we’ll discuss some concrete steps for how to achieve that alignment in practice. We reviewed a number of articles on this subject, including those by John Laskaris for Talent LMSNikos Andriotis for efront, and Suresh DN for eLearning Industry. All of these articles suggested steps to align training with corporate strategy. We’ve pulled a bit from each to put together our own seven steps.

Be Clear on the Goals

The first step is to simply understand what the company’s strategic goals are. It’s surprising how many employees—even those in leadership roles—are not clear on this basic information. Training departments should work with company leaders to ensure clarity on those goals.

Identify Gaps

Identifying the gaps in achieving company goals is similar to a project road map. You know where you are now, and you know where you want to be. The difference is in the gaps. It could be a lack of name recognition in the market, production inefficiencies, poor customer service, etc.

Define Skills Needed to Close Those Gaps

Once a company knows what its gaps are, it can more clearly define the skills needed to close those gaps. For example, a company that has a problem with the quality of its end products might need to develop greater skills in process improvement and quality control.

Develop a Training Program

Once the needed skills are identified, it should be fairly straightforward to develop a training program to help employees learn the required skills. Chances are other organizations have already conducted such training; there’s likely to be plenty of existing material to review and draw from. Continue reading here…

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