As trainers and educators, we all understand that it is important for participants to transfer what they learn to the job. However, we also know that there may be barriers that prevent that from happening. One obstacle I can think of is that participants are not able to use the skills they learned. So the more time that lapses between the class and they need to use those skills, they have forgotten much of what they have learned. To help prevent this, I encourage management to move training closer to the date when participants will be using their newly learned skills.
Can you list some other common obstacles in your organization that keeps training from transferring back to the workplace, and what have you done to overcome those obstacles?
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