Training

The Workplace Training Dilemma

Denali Sagner
October 13, 2020
3 min

Key takeaways:
  • Workplace training on issues like IT security, sexual harassment, and racial bias are critical in forming a safe and trusting company culture.
  • Despite the importance of these issues, many companies do not offer engaging training, if any at all.
  • The changing nature of the workplace has made traditional in-person training obsolete and is prompting companies to reexamine how they engage with these programs.
  • Corporate podcasting offers dynamic ways for your employees to take in training materials on their own time and allows you to track their progress.

Anyone who joins a new workplace knows that training programs are a staple of onboarding. With a new desk and email address come hours of mandatory training, designed to equip employees with the skills they need to resolve conflicts, exercise diligence, and act responsibly. However, traditional workplace training is now facing mounting challenges. Many companies don’t have effective, interesting, and timely programming that caters to the changing dynamics of the workplace. Taking a deeper look into workplace training shows where these shortcomings are and how to effectively address them.


“Many companies don’t have effective, interesting, and timely programming that caters to the changing dynamics of the workplace.”

Sexual harassment, IT security, racial bias, and conflict resolution training are just a few programs in the long list of training modules offered in the corporate world each day. The importance of these programs is paramount in building a corporate culture centered around trust, communication, and conscientiousness. Sexual harassment and racial bias training set important boundaries about employee conduct and language, allowing all workers to feel comfortable in the office. Training on workplace sexual harassment can increase reporting of inappropriate conduct, reduce victim blaming, and motivate bystanders to be "upstanders." It also builds trust amongst employees and commits them to creating a welcoming and safe environment. Similarly, although it has challenges, effective implicit bias training can help employees notice their biases and work towards racial equity.

Other forms of training, such as conflict resolution and IT security training, lay out comprehensive strategies for making your office run as smoothly as possible. In 2008, $359 billion paid hours in American offices were spent on employee conflict, rather than on productive problem-solving and work. Conflict hinders the ability for teams to work together and for your organization to advance. IT training helps employees protect against invasive viruses and abide by company guidelines.


“In 2008, $359 billion paid hours in American offices were spent on employee conflict, rather than on productive problem-solving and work”


Despite these important trends, the reality of workplace training is bleak. For one, 33% of organizations provide printed lists of cybersecurity information, which are more often than not simply discarded by employees. Missing out on this training leaves your company’s important information vulnerable to cybersecurity risks, which could have dire consequences. And, only 1 in 5 Americans live in a state where sexual harassment training is required by companies. If these training programs are so important, why are so many companies not effectively employing them?

“If these training programs are so important, why are so many companies not effectively employing them?”


The answer to this question is complex. Teams are scattered around the world, working from behind their laptop screens. Time-crunched employees can’t find a moment to really take in the critical information training sessions should offer. Out-of-date workshops and softwares don’t keep employees’ attention in the way that they used to.


Companies can’t afford to miss out on the information offered by training sessions, yet waste money and time every year disseminating information that doesn’t drive the point home.

Corporate podcasting is revolutionizing the way H.R. reps can reach out to your team, curate training content, and receive meaningful feedback on their programming. Creating pre-recorded video, podcasting, and written content - available to your employees instantly on their own time - will offer dynamic ways to take in training materials. Additionally, interactive modules like quizzes and Q&A sessions will not only let you track completion for your employees, but will also give them a space to offer constructive feedback, connect with one another, and ask clarifying questions. Transitioning your training to a virtual, podcasting-based software will make it engaging and interactive. The traditional day-long retreat or multi-page packet wastes the time and money of your employees and your human resources department. Invest in the cutting edge of workplace training and learn more about corporate podcasting today.

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