· Write a summary of the case below
· Answer the critical thinking questions
· Elaborate on two key learnings from the case related to training and development and its integration with the organization. Be sure to clearly state the two key learnings and defend them in well-organized scholarly responses.
· Paper needs to be 2-3 pages and be supported by observations and opinions with citations from 2-3 credible sources and documented according to APA guidelines/requirements.
No matter what your business, to stay in business you have to attract and retain customers. How do you do that? One way is to deliver a quality product or service in a high-quality way. In other words, it is a combination of what is offered and how it is offered that determines if a buyer will become a loyal customer. Training is one way to make sure that employees’ technical skills and customer-service skills meet customer expectations.
When making a business decision, two basic elements are typically considered: costs and benefits. In the case of training, the issues are (1) how much does the training reduce costs? And (2) how much does the training increase revenue? If the training sufficiently reduces costs and/or increases revenues, there is a strong business case to conduct the training. Your ability to identify the potential sources of revenue and costs and to estimate their levels can be an important business skill. It can be the basis by which you can successfully make the case for needed training for your employees.
Critical thinking questions:
1. As you have read, training can increase revenue. The revenue could come from increased quality of the customer experience due to the impact of training. Consider an example, the table of customer survey responses before and after training shown below.
The numbers are percentages of customers in each satisfaction category six months before and six months after employees receive training. A key change is in a reduction in the very dissatisfied category of customers which fell 10%. What will this 10% change mean to the bottom line?
|Very dissatisfied, will not return||Ok, but would return||Satisfied, would return|
Assume that the average revenue generated per month by a customer is $500. Also assume that you have 500 customers. What is the increased revenue due to the training for the past six months? What would be the revenue generated if you had 1000 customers.
2. Training can also impact the bottom line by reducing a number of direct costs. For example, employee costs may be reduced because fewer overtime hours will be needed because of improved performance. Another cost reduction can be seen in reduced returns, because training may reduce errors or damage that can occur when the product or service is provided. Make assumptions about the costs in each of these categories and any other direct costs you can think of. Also assume that you can expect a 10% reduction in each of these categories. Generate the direct cost savings estimate due to the training.
3. Training can also impact the bottom line by reducing indirect costs. These are costs that may not be obvious, but that are still important. For example, safety of work processes or equipment can be improved due to training if workers handle materials or equipment more safely. Employee turnover can also be reduced because of improved job satisfaction due to the training. Assume that training results in a 10% reduction in turnover rate. Also assume that the cost of a turnover is 1.5 times the departing employee’s salary. For a given average employee salary of yur choosing, estimate the reduced costs due to the reduction in turnover.
4. Given your answer to the previous questions, estimate the combined impact of direct and indirect savings generated by training on the bottom line. Then extrapolate this number over a one or two year time period.