Tip #545: Is Docking Pay a Co-Investment in Training?

On November 24, 2014, Posted by , In management and leadership, By ,,,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #545: Is Docking Pay a Co-Investment in Training?

“Craft is common both to skill and deceit.” Winston Churchill

According to “Computerworld,” IBM apparently cut the salaries of certain members of their Global Technology Services group by 10% in September of this year. The stated reason? “Some managers and employees have not kept pace with acquiring the skills and expertise needed to address changing client needs, technology, and market requirements.”

The 10% salary cut was explained as a “co-investment in training,” despite the fact that IBM had traditionally paid employees for time spent in training.

This entire situation raises a number of questions and concerns for me.

  • Whose responsibility is it to see that managers and employees have the requisite knowledge and skills they need to perform their
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Tip #522: I Made a Rookie Trainer Mistake

On June 16, 2014, Posted by , In curriculum design, By ,,,,, , With Comments Off on Tip #522: I Made a Rookie Trainer Mistake

“Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” St. Francis of Assisi

I made a rookie trainer mistake. Since I have been in training much too long to be considered a rookie, perhaps it would be more accurate to say that I made a poor judgment call.

I have continually proselytized about the importance of limiting the amount of training content based on the available time. Until now, I have had no difficulty telling clients that they must pare down their list of content areas if they want to achieve the desired level of learning in a given time slot.

However, in a recent instance, I didn’t do that. My clients wanted to … Read the rest