While we may like to live in the world where training is offered because it “is the right thing to do” the reality is that Organizational training is usually driven by a management decision to reduce risk, or downright necessity, such as a corrective action plan. If that is the case, don’t be afraid to say “this is required”-end of story. If the training is to help achieve some other Organizational objectives, be prepared to communicate, why the decision was made, and what the desired outcome of the training is.
It can take different types of approaches for training to be successful across each part of the Organization. For instance, the 20% of interested employees typically will self-manage their training. They welcome training notifications and will enroll and complete the courses without a lot of intervention on your part. They resent repeated notifications when they have already completed their training responsibilities.
Suppose the Agency representative says, “Well, we also want to understand how you are communicating the Drug-free workplace requirements, but we are really concerned with how employees are tracking their time spent working on the Federal Grants.” Well, then you will want to say something like, “So, all things considered, the first priority is demonstrating how employees are trained on recording their time and what the review process is for timecards?
The reaction for the beta round of grant management courses for MyFedTrainer designed for compliance training at Non-Profit Organizations has been very positive. It’s been great to see the key benefits of online convenience and efficiently targeted content hit the mark for so many people in this area.
We are not the only company out there offering some good courses for grant management and compliance training– but none of them exactly offered what I wanted them to do in the way I wanted them to work – and I believe there is a niche out there for us to serve.
MyFedTrainer represents a solution to a problem I was running into as a grant professional. In 2009, I sat where many of you may sit–as a manager in a non-profit Organization. We had received over $100M in funding during the last few years and were awaiting our first big system review since our funding Agency sent us a big pile of money.