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As we mentioned in our last post that reviews the two types of Needs Analysis', there are many reasons to conduct an analysis before deploying new training programs to employees. This article is going to go more in-depth on those elements and showcase the true value a Needs Analysis can bring. Below are some key benefits of completing a Needs Analysis.
Even the smallest project teams can suffer from communication breakdowns. Maybe all of the eLearning modules the L&D team has created were for use on laptop computers, so you proceed with that assumption, only to learn later that someone wants learners to access this module on their smartphones. Taking the time to perform a Needs Analysis ensures everyone on the project team is aligned in their expectations and prevents re-work or emergency meetings in the future.
Training, in any format, is expensive to create. In 2019, U.S. training expenditures were $83 billion, according to the Training Industry Report by Training Magazine. Using an internal team of developers or partnering with a custom development company both require an investment of company resources. Plus, the employees who take the training will spend their valuable time on the clock to participate in the program. You cannot afford to waste company money on training that does not hit the mark.
The U.S. job market offers exciting opportunities for both blue and white collar employees. The allure of higher pay, richer benefits, or a brighter company culture can easily pull your employees to other firms, leaving your business to invest time and money recruiting and training new employees. Believe it or not, the training your company offers could contribute to employees staying on board. Employees who feel equipped and respected will stay longer in their current positions. A Needs Analysis will reveal a deeper understanding of the training needs as well as the audience preferences, allowing you to create training that shows you care about them and want them to succeed.
Companies in all industries continually strive for employees to produce better results at a faster pace. Effective training is one of the best ways to improve performance. But, in order for training to create behavior change, it has to target the necessary areas. Take time in the Needs Analysis to understand exactly where employees are making mistakes or spending too much time, then train on how to improve these elements. If you skip the analysis and simply regurgitate the same training messages your learners have already heard, you will not generate change.
A project-specific Needs Analysis is not limited to one design method. Your project will benefit from the firm foundation of a Needs Analysis whether you are using ADDIE, SAM, Agile, Design Thinking, or anything else. Every project, regardless of the number of iterations your timeline allows, needs to start off with a solid plan that everyone agrees on.
Now that we have reviewed some of the benefits of a Needs Analysis, it is important to know the important steps needed for conducting one effectively. Here are some key considerations for properly constructing your Needs Analysis for employee training:
A Training Needs Analysis is not a rigid procedure you have to follow precisely. It is a discovery process to learn how you can maximize the impact of the training you develop. If you need any assistance with your own analysis feel free to contact our team of experts. If you are interested in some more reading material on this topic, get a copy of our full white paper today.