Train To Sustain Transfer
The value of the multibillion-dollar global investment in training and development is predicated on several key assumptions holding before, during, and after a learning experience. The most critical of these assumptions is the structured classroom, learning laboratory, and field events executed for development yields performance transfer to the workplace for a sustained period. Employers reasonably expect the direct, indirect, and hidden costs of training to yield sustained proficiency, efficiency, or other improvements that are mutually beneficial for many years.
Unfortunately, 135-years of memory research findings suggest this assumption is often suspect. There is a precipitous decline in memory and performance with time and intervening events such that decay curve forgetting functions indicate 50% of new knowledge is unrecoverable after a day if the newly attained knowledge is not reinforced via physical and mental rehearsals. Automatized behaviors and cognitions no doubt decay more slowly but even the most talented employees can falter when performing complex tasks post a retention interval of a few months. There is an inevitable decline of the impact of training trials and time on all learning curves.
Employers must proactively anticipate learning decay to mitigate attrition post skill acquisition. A comprehensive plan attends to how a business context, task and trainee characteristics, instructor expertise, training techniques, technology modality attributes, methodological variables, and retention interval practices interactively amplify or derail training transfer. This information is then integrated with the inherent assumptions, boundary conditions, and restrictions of rational and data-driven quantitative models to generate powerful localized learning models deployed to schedule, adaptively deliver, and evaluate training solutions.
Talent Threshold can help you enhance the learning process to increase the yield of training. Our advisors can help you attain a deeper appreciation of the evolution of employee expertise, evidence of the effects of training on learning signatures over time, verify transfer, and enact actionable practices for sustaining the return realized from meaningful learning experiences.
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