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Echo System Partners works with organizations to co-create workplaces that inspire high levels of employee engagement tapping into individual greatness for organizational good.

Organizations that work with Echo discover exactly how their people are the secret to their success and they build action plans to secure this competitive advantage.

Echo’s approach is collaborative. With thorough understanding of an organization's goals and success drivers, we tailor customized engagements that will yield measurable results.  We blend a wealth of experiences, research, and knowledge to create actions that will bring your strategic vision to life.

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A blog that provides snapshots of key ideas that inspire organization growth. 

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People Development: 3 Questions to Help you Get the Most from Your Investment

Regina Loiko

“To earn more, you must learn more.”  ~Brian Tracy

Training programs are costly in both financial output and productivity time. Yet year over year the most successful organizations make a significant investment in training. In fact, US corporations spend over $70 Billion a year on training programs. Because, when training is done right the rewards far surpass the training investment.

Forbes reports: Spending on Corporate Training Soars: Employee Capabilities Now a Priority.  Since 2010 the corporate training investment has steadily increased. An investment in training will benefit your organization by driving performance and productivity, attracting and retaining quality talent, fostering diversity, inspiring innovation, and ultimately raising customer service levels. Too often the full benefit of a training investment is not realized. This shortfall can be improved with a little pre-training forethought and post training action.

Answer these 3 questions to improve training ROI.

Question #1: How does the training program align with the organization’s mission and values?

Look for how the program will drive strategic position, promote the desired culture, or motivate forward thinking.

Question #2: Does the program support the participants’ key performance or development goals?

Training investments are to help participants gain skills, knowledge, and abilities that will positively impact current performance or help them to grow into new responsibilities. Keep in mind, training to boost participants’ strengths rather than fixing weaknesses will produce greater rewards.

Question #3: What is the expected impact of the training program; what will the participants do that is new or different as a result of program participation?

The frequently used adage “knowledge is power”, only holds true when knowledge is applied. A worthwhile investment in training involves setting expectations related to how the new knowledge will be demonstrated and/or shared with others.

Discuss these three questions with participants before and after any training program and watch your training ROI grow.