Let the numbers do the talking…

Posted on Apr 25, 2014

Take a look through most of the current thinking around L&D and there a whole range of ideas, thoughts, practices, approaches – whatever you want to call them – that are intended to enhance the value that you are adding to your organisation.

The problem with blindly following many of these recommendations is that they often fail to acknowledge the resistance that many workplace practitioners will face from others within their organisation.

The purpose of this blog post is to provide you with a range of ideas, research, suggestions etc that I have found useful in helping to underpin my rationale for ‘acting differently’.

I’ve found that by showing the research, figures, hard data etc that I’ve received less ‘push back’ than previously from stakeholders – I’ve even seen / heard of examples of those same stakeholders repeat the data/research to others!

As regular readers will know, in a previous organisation I started to implement a ‘campaign, not course’ approach towards compliance training. I had *many* conversations with various stakeholders to help convince them of this approach, but by far the most powerful argument was showing them the amount of (approximate) time that employees spent undertaking compliance training.

The figures below are born out a number of ‘approximates’

i.e. Approximately 1200 employees
Approximately 45 minutes per module.

Here’s how I did it:

8 elearning modules
1200 employees (approx)
45 mins (0.75 hrs) per module (approx)
7 hour working day (approx)


8 (eLearning modules) x 0.75 hrs (approx length of each module) = 6 (hours)

6 (hours) x 1200 employees = 7200 (hours)

7200 (hours) ÷ 7 (hour working day) = 1028 (working days)

Soooo, approximately 1028 working days per year were being spent undertaking ‘click next’, compliance elearning in one of my previous organisations.

Quite a sobering thought eh?

If you’d like to read what I started to do to minimise the operational impact whilst keeping the compliance people perhaps you’d like to read these posts or watch this video.

Call to action!

Why not work out ‘the numbers’ involved in your Orgs delivery of compliance training. It may be prove to be the catalyst you need to enhance your compliance training.

If you’re considering revamping your approach to compliance training and you think I can help, please get in touch.

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