Of 600 companies surveyed, 125 responded. Most had little experience with distance-based learning, according to TCA. But those that did said self-contained workbooks, workshops with follow-up via audio, self-paced CD-ROM and videotapes were the methods with which they had the most experience.
Other highlights from the survey:
• Most employee development dollars are spent on drivers, with safety training being the type of employee development most incorporated.
• The majority of companies with 1-500 employees spend $5,000 to $20,000 on employee development, while most of those with over 500 employees spending $50,000 or more.
• Most of companies select employee development programs by assessing employee performance and tracking company systems for readjustment.
• The type of training favored is industry-specific, interactive, ongoing and delivered in a manner in which it can be transferred back to work.
• Computers available for training are in short supply; but most stated they would be willing to purchase what they needed for improved training.