Benefits and Compensation

T & D Survey Results Are In: How Do You Compare?

Training Methods

Our survey shows the following methods used regularly for training employees.

In the coming years, 86% expect to use more online training and 68% plan to utilize more in-person sessions conducted by the HR staff. More video/DVD and mobile/tablet-based materials will be used by 51%, and more telephone/audio conferences will be utilized by 47.9%.

Budgets for Training

Training budgets will increase for 2015 for an average of 25.2% of survey participants who answered this question. Development training leads the budget increase list at 37.1% followed by technical/professional training at 30.8%. Dollars budgeted for compliance training are on the rise for 21.9% and for HR staff training for 20.8%.

Metrics for Evaluating Effectiveness of Training

Measuring the effectiveness of training is a formal process for an average of 24.4% who answered this question in our survey. Trainee evaluation of the trainer leads the list of measurements used at 43.2% followed by testing of trainees at 33.8%. Supervisor or management input comes in next at 26.8%, with ROI (return on investment) and ROE (return on engagement) rounding out the list at 9.1% each.


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Participant Demographics

Organizations with up to 250 employees account for 55% of our survey participants, and 24.2% have 251 to 1,000 employees. Another 14.4% employ 1,001 to 5,000 individuals, and 6.5% of survey respondents work in organizations with more than 5,000 employees. Unions represent employees at 24.9% of our survey participant employers.

Privately owned, for-profit organizations are represented by 53.1% of survey participants, and privately owned not-for-profits account for 20.9%. Public sector employers make up 22.6% and “other” represents 3.4%. Industries include:

  • Manufacturing—17.7%
  • Health care and social assistance—15%
  • Finance and insurance—9%
  • Educational services—7.2%
  • Public administration—6.9%
  • Professional, technical, and scientific services—5.7%
  • Retail trade—3.4%

Our 1,052 survey participants are classified as Staff (18.8%), Supervisor (6.3%), Manager (55.6%), and VP or higher (19.3%).

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By participating in this interactive webinar, you’ll learn:

  • How to handle employees at or over the max of their pay range, including the options to consider and why increasing the pay range may not necessarily be your best option
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  • When a blended rate is appropriate, and the pros and cons of offering one
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Central)
11:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Mountain)
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Pacific)

Approved for Recertification Credit

This program has been approved for 1.5 credit hours toward recertification through the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) and WorldatWork.

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Train Your Entire Staff

As with all BLR/HRHero® webinars:

  • Train all the staff you can fit around a conference phone.
  • You can get your (and their) specific phoned-in or e-mailed questions answered in Q&A sessions that follow each segment of the presentation.

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About your presenter:

Barry L. Brown, SPHR, CCP, a principal at Effective Resources, Inc., is a well-recognized, forward-thinking human resources specialist. Before starting his own consulting practice in 1993, Brown’s career included nearly 2 decades of service in the healthcare, food service, defense, manufacturing, and information service industries. He has held leadership positions with many local, regional, and state professional human resource associations. As a national speaker, Brown uses his practitioner’s experience combined with a consultant’s creativity and a business owner’s perspective to educate and engage his audiences.

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