Summer is my favorite time of year. I tend to take things a little slower. I stop more often to enjoy the world around me and I find that a lot of my clients do the same. Summer, in my mind, represents the comma in the string of months that represent the year. It is where we take a breath and pause before continuing on with our plan for the year.
Summer is a good time to take a break from some of the more intense aspects of your corporate operations. In particular, I am thinking about training programs. When clients call me and want to schedule a training session during the summer months, we take a critical look at whether or not it makes sense to plan their sessions this way.
There are three reasons to consider avoiding summer training programs if you can.
- Many staff members are on vacation and unless you have a follow-up session scheduled for later in the year, which will add to your costs, some of your staff may miss being exposed to information that may be important to their success.
- The summer tends to be a more relaxed time in a lot of companies. Shorter work weeks and flex schedules are in place. Motivating individuals to be excited about training may be difficult with the many distractions we have at this time of year. If the information you are sharing in your training sessions isn’t being absorbed, your efforts may be a waste of money.
- There are a good number of people out there who see the fall and “Back to School” as a time to get refocused on goals. I see September as the beginning of a “New Year” for a lot of corporations. It has the same energy that January has at the beginning of our calendar year.
So as you are planning and budgeting your training programs for the year ahead, consider taking a break in the summer from the classroom environment. Use this time instead to review the success of training programs you’ve launched in the past and ask if refresher courses are needed. Consider using the summer months to map out the training sessions you want to hold going forward, keeping in mind the latest trends and changes in your industry. And as a manager, do a little relaxing yourself.
Are there times of the year when your company avoids conducting training programs? What are they and is this approach helpful?
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