Why should you track your employee training?

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If you’re a trainer you have probably already heard that you should be tracking your employee’s training. You might agree that this sounds like a good idea, but you aren’t sure of the exact reasons why.

History

When you track an employee’s training you are able to see a history of what they have been taught at a glance. While we all know there is a difference between being taught something and actually understanding it, having a history of what was taught to an employee will give you a baseline of what concepts and ideas they have been exposed to.

Exposure

Expose and repetition is an important aspect of learning. We don’t learn or remember much on our first exposure, in fact it can take up to 7 exposures to an idea before we can even recall and remember it. By tracking your training you can see who has already been exposed to a concept and if they might need a repeat session.

Finding training gaps

A training gap is where an employee should know about something but they were never trained on it (officially or unofficially). This causes a gap between what they should know and what they do know. Training gaps can be sneaky and difficult to find unless you have a good system to review an employee’s training history. One of the best ways to find training gaps is to compare similar employees and see if one is missing some training that the other has.

Training metrics

Though it’s not the last reason why you should track your training, it is the last reason in this article. By tracking your training you can do statistical analysis on it to gather training metrics. It’d be nice to be able to say with a fact that “on average, our employees have more training than the industry norms”. Even at an operational level, using your training metrics can help you spot weaknesses in your training plan and opportunities to accelerate.

These are but a few reasons why you should start tracking your training. If you’d like to learn more, I have free one month course about tracking employee training and using that to build training plans. It’s 100% free and you can follow along at your own pace.

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