Why Workplace Training Fails

When you say “training”, people think of a session in a room with an instructor or facilitator lecturing about new skills, or even just an online course. Training feels like something you do for an employee.

Workplace training, also known as trade or industry training, involves learning and earning money while you work. Apprenticeships are one type of workplace training. You can do workplace training in a range of hands-on industries.

Although some type of training for employees is essential for almost any business, training employees can have some potential drawbacks for the employer. Companies can use a variety of ways to train employees, such as on-the-job training or classroom training, but all of them have a few problems for employers.

Here are a few causes that add towards making a workplace training fail:


If an employee is very talented at her job, you might think that she would make a good trainer for new employees. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many employees. Being able to train employees is a special skill and not everyone has this ability. When it comes to using an employee to train other employees, you might move someone out of their comfort zone and they may not be able to train the new employees up to your expectations of training.

Time Constraints

Another potential problem with training employees is that you may not have enough time to do so adequately. Many companies only devote a small amount of time to train new employees, and it could result in the employees not knowing everything they need to know to achieve the required outcomes, thus not meeting the expectations of training. The trainer may have to rush through the important parts of the job and skip over some of the other tasks that also need to be understood by the employee.


One of the biggest potential problems with training employees is the cost of the process. If you handle the training internally, it costs money because you have to pay one of your employees for training instead of doing productive work. If you use an external trainer, you have to pay him for his time. You could send your employees to a seminar or training conference at another location, which can also denote a significant price for the company.

Control of the Training

When you delegate the training of new employees to a particular employee or trainer, you have to be very careful with regard to what the new employees will be learning. If the trainer does not do the job as you want it to be done, your new employees might end up picking up some bad habits along the way due to poor training outcomes.Furthermore this could make your entire business perform at a level that is less than acceptable from your point of view, but the employees would not know it at all.

In addition to all the above points, productivity levels could temporarily decrease if employees are busy in studying or training. Furthermore, will the type of training stay relevant for long, or is it a complete waste of time and money if the information soon becomes outdated?