Over the last thirty years colleagues have been frustrated at organisations not supporting their employees in learning, managers who feel training their people is a waste of money and individuals who believe that attending training or having coaching is a waste of their time.
It’s not surprising to hear that people complain about other people not seeing how important their job and the service they offer are. What we did find surprising, looking back over a third of a century of comments from scores of trainers about hundreds of organisations and thousands of individuals was just how consistent they were over time.
We had a look at the comments and grouped them into ten clear themes of why people don’t want to invest time, money and head-space into learning at work. Which of these apply to you, your teams and your organisation?
Perpetual *not seeing there is a problem
Cultural *the way things are here….
Emotional *fear or insecurity
Motivational *unwillingness to take the risk
Cognitive *poor previous learning experience
Intellectual *limited learning styles
Expressive *poor communication skills
Situational *lack of opportunities
Physical *wrong place, time
Specific environment *boss/colleagues unsupportive
What truths do you think would resonate across the decades in your industry and workplace?