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Is lack of manager training a problem?

A warning from HR Magazine states that in many small to medium organisations ‘managers receive a mere six minutes of training every six months’ – a concern echoed by HR software provider Simply Personnel.

Head of HR Operations at Croner, Cathie Gilhooly says: “Our Employment Advisory Service receives a significant amount of calls arising as a result of line or other managers not having sufficient expertise to deal with day-to-day HR problems – and this could be just the tip of the iceberg.

“For example, in Croner’s latest research into Employee Assistance Programmes, over 85% of organisations said that they do not offer specific training on identifying symptoms of stress/mental illnesses and signposting – yet approximately 9.9 million working days were lost due to stress in one year.”

Eamonn Quinn, Head of Simply Personnel, comments: “If the primary focus is on driving revenue, it may be all too tempting for managers to put training at the bottom of their To Do lists, yet it can be vital to drive progress in the organisation and to make positive changes that could reduce absenteeism, increase productivity and improve employee motivation.

“The Training Manager module is one of the most popular in the Simply Personnel offering because organisations find it an invaluable tool for streamlining the training process, from booking a room to reporting upon the costs. It can also be used to conduct a Training Needs Analysis, so that budgets can be spent intuitively.”

If you would like more information on the Training Manager module or Simply Personnel, please click here or call the team on 0800 783 0322.