Are some cuts actually beneficial?
Posted by: Simon / 11.05.2012
It was interesting to read this recent report, which suggests that cuts
in organisation training budgets have led to employers looking at
more creative ways to train their staff, including things like
social networking, mentoring and work experience - and what's more
a majority found their training improved as a result!
Now some long-serving HR people will no doubt be rolling their
eyes at this, pointing out that they have said for years that
training doesn't just mean a "training course" and that training
embedded in the workplace is often better. But when there is
plenty of money around, it can be the easy option simply to suggest
running a course when a need is identified.
Over the last couple of years I've met dozens of middle ranking
civil servants, almost all of whom will admit that many of the
current cuts in "support services" have simply forced them to look
more laterally at how they can deliver the same results with fewer
resources - and in most cases they can.
If the current "austerity" measures are having any positive
effect, perhaps it's to remind managers that they should be
focussing on results, not processes.
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