As a Learning, Development and Performance expert, it has always been a burning priority for me to help the #leadership of organisations know and realise that the development of their stakeholders – employees – are as much a priority as their desire to grow the #business.
My goal is to help organisations change their thinking that employee learning is an expense. Leaders see learning as the scapegoat that bears the brunt in times of crisis. They see it as the weakest link in the business growth architecture rather than a burning priority and an urgent but planned functional necessity.
This has been a painful trend. The trend, year on year, is that when organisations are going through any form of difficulty or crisis, Human Resources, specifically training, is usually their first target.
Organisations are quick to cut the HR budget and sometimes, entirely suspend all forms of training when they see the organisation is not doing well financially.
This attitude towards learning usually happens when an organisation sees learning as a way of taking from the company rather than seeing it as a strategic positioning to win really big in the near and later future of the business.
On the one hand, whatever you see as an expense can be cut off without a blink of an eye. In fact, it might be more difficult for you to regard it as something worth your attention much less reviving it.
On the other hand, if you are an investor, you will agree with me that before you liquidate an investment, you will think twice. And if you will have to liquidate that investment, it must be for something of higher importance and value. It must also be for something that has higher prominence and profit and that promises long term dividend better in value and outcome than it presently provides.
So, leaders must ensure they consider these things carefully before they esteem training as not so important for the growth of the business. Leaders should begin to see L&D as a means for strategic positioning and a lasting weapon of planned mass development with the best short and long-term benefit rather than viewing it as expenses.
Stay tuned for more tips on leveraging L&D ….
Author: Sola Oyegbade, Performance, Learning & Development Expert.