For an organization, Training and Development is a way to enhance efficiency as well as the productivity by investing on employee performance. It is always important to ensure that the employees are meeting expectations that have been set for them. To begin the process of improving the organizational productivity, Training Needs Assessment has to be conducted, followed by an effective training program.
Defining the Gap
The core objective of Training Needs Assessment is to determine the gap between the current outcome and the desired outcome and also to identify the root cause of the problem. The whole process of conducting TNA leads to an organization towards achieving the required resolution as well as assist the training department to come up with a goal driven training program. Conducting a TNA at the beginning of the training will give you few important answers like:
The Beginning Point
Conducting a TNA in an organization has a purpose, and management must think through when should be the appropriate time to begin with it. Organizing a TNA can be done at any point of time, but below are few situations, that have the potential to maximize the efficiency:
An organization can and should regularly conduct assessment, as it keeps a tab on the efficiency of employees and it also helps to keep up the productivity of the company.
Breaking the TNA into following three steps:
Identification ------> Analysis ------> Resolution
One: Identification of Gaps in Performance
In this phase we find out “what is” vs. “what should be”. A thorough examination of the current employee skills and knowledge needs to be compared with the expected competency that the organization is looking forward to. This stage also helps to clarify the whole purpose conducting TNA. Identification of gaps in performance is a vast area to cover with right sets of tools. To locate the issue, it is better to segregate the search department wise.
Starting from the topmost level in the Management
To find out the organizational goals and objective, the senior management bodies are the right ones to be interrogated. Also, this will ensure to disclose the big picture on what the organization is trying to achieve. Here are the few listed questions that can be used:
Moving towards the mid-section of Management
This level includes the heads of various departments, supervisors and representatives. These are the people, who deal directly with the front-lineemployees and there is a high chance of getting the surface level cause for the deficiency. Below are few questions to be considered:
Speak with the employees directly
After speaking with the managerial level, it is time to speak with employees as well. As they are the one who witnesses the everyday life in the workplace. With the proper survey questionnaire, the actual cause of gaps in performance can be identified. Here are the few questions to pinpoint:
Two: Analyze the findings
By this time we already have the issues that are causing deficiency. Now it’s time to analyze those data to decide upon various important changes. For example, if the organization is facing mass issue, then eLearning module needs to be developed. And if the issue lies in the department then it is best to provide them training in specific areas to improve their skill. A detailed scrutiny can help an organization to design an impactful training program. There are many forms of analysis that come under this phase, which are:
Three: Report the finding and take action
Formation of in-depth report is essential. Data analysis by gathering information is only a half way achievement. The result should act as a strong indicator towards what type of training is needed, who needs training and in what circumstance. There are few guidelines that can be followed to develop a proper report making:
By defining the training needs, it becomes easy to establish a structured agenda on the training program that is going to upgrade the organization. Conducting TNA is crucial in developing the training strategies and solutions for companies that ensure a solid foundation towards a successful training delivery of employees. It also becomes easier for the leaders and managerial bodies to focus on the objectives by knowing exactly where they are lacking.
Written By : Dr Sanjib Neil Chakraborty
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