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Time spent on development

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Hi

'Time' is highlighted as a barrier to training in my company and so would like to know if there is a minimum amount I can recommended indoviduals do in a week/month/year.

Does anyone know if there is a recommended amount of personal development that individuals should be doing?

Thanks

Emma

One Response

  1. It’s not really about a specific number of hours

    Time is a barrier to training in organisations when the training is seen as less of an imperative than those other things that are given time instead.

    Training is seen as less of an imperative when employees and managers in particular cannot easily and credibly connect business benefits to the proposed training. It doesn’t really matter what the training department says – in the end it’s about perceptions… Employees are the same with personal development – if they cannot easily and credibly connect the offered personal development activities with personal benefit, e.g. achieving career aspirations & goals, then they will not make the time for it.

    Also, if employees and managers do connect benefits with training, but these benefits will have no impact in the next few months, then activities with a perceived quicker impact or return will continue to push training to one side.

    When I hear people say they don’t have time for training, what they are (IMHO) actually saying is they don’t see sufficient value to do this training now…

    Finally, the minimum amount of training to do is that which ensures employees/managers remain sufficiently competent, confident and committed to achieving current and future objectives…

    Cheers

    Martin

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