Top 3 Ways to Identify Employee Training Needs

We all know that training is an integral part of every business, no matter how it is performed. And while we talk often about types of training and how they are delivered, we haven’t yet taken time to back up and share how those activities are assigned. Our 2015 Learning and Development study dug into this question and exposed the ways that training needs are most likely to be identified. The most common methods are via management observation and feedback, high-potential leader or accelerated development needs, and employee request. The following items, while notable, did not make the top three: training needs assessments, legislative requirements, and performance appraisal results.


If an employee is going to receive training, it’s most likely going to be due to manager request. 78% of companies use this to a moderate or high extent when assigning training to staff. This is best when a manager has a strong understanding of the employee, the work, and the training gap—that ensures the best fit.

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