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Sorry to be sounding rude, but so many responses on this one gets me to think. I can tell you one thing for sure that most of the people giving you the solution on this post are not trainers(atleast not in real sense).

Let me make you one thing clear at the outset, no one on this earth can force or make anyone come to your trainings. they may be made to be physically present, but trainings are not given for that purpose, they are to eventually transform. and transformation takes place, when people buy-in. if you can't sell your product, then either you are talking to wrong people or you dont have a product worthy to be sold or you need to learn to sell.

believe me friend, the only person who is responsible for such situation is the one standing infront of the mirror. I cant suggest or advice you the right course of action on this at this forum, but you need to talk to someone who understands this business and by the look of it, you will not find them on this site.

thats all from my side.

Best of Luck

gs_pawar @ yahoo . com

If the training is not relevant, people will not attend.

If the training is not interesting, people will not attend.

If the training is boring, people will not attend.

Do the Training Needs Analysis or Assessment first, then decide who needs training and in what areas. Don't do training for the sake of training, that just gets everyone offside.

Decide what training is essential (e.g. safety training, First Aid, etc) and mandate that for the relevant staff. It needs to be written into their contract that they must undertake this training. Also make this training a part of their performance plan.

Training must start at the top. Staff need to see Management fully involved and taking training seriously.

Training should be done by suitably qualified staff. If you do not have qualified trainers in house, use external trainers. Find trainers with a pleasant, friendly manner who can engage the trainees.

Be very wary of games, role plays etc. VERY FEW people like these, and they will do anything to get out of training if they think this will be a part of the session. I am a trainer and I hate them! I never ever subject my trainees to these sorts of things. I try to make my training fun, interesting, and engaging, but I don't humiliate people in front of others.

Dear Amit
Please check the rating of your In house Training sessions which will help you in identifying the gaps that you need to fill to make for good attendance :-
1. Is the target participant required to undergo the training to meet his developmental needs ? [ if this only for completing the required mandays of training then people will not be interested in completing such targets where there is no value addition ]
2. Is the communication regarding the training very clear about the objectives of the training, benefits of the training and the target participant.? [ If the learning a participant is going to get is not clear then the motivation to attend the training would not be there ]
3. Are the participants nominated by the HOD's or the participant gets his own nomination done ? [ If participant comes forward on his own, likely hood of his taking the training seriously is more high ]
4. Are there disruption during training? [ being called repeatedly for some work or other during training. If seniors are not serious then the juniors will make a joke of it]
5. What is your Managements belief in training ? [ If the management is not inclined towards people development then they will not be really keen about the training being imparted ]
6. Is the trainer good enough ? [ The quality of trainer also decides the attendance ]
7. Are the arrangements of food and refreshments made by the company? [ food is always a point of attraction ]
If you can evaluate your training sessions on the above points it will give you a good insight on the In house training programmes that are being conducted
Preetam Deshpande

Hi Amit,

To be frank, if we could know what the training is about, it would be easier to share our views. The situation here where training programs are organised and employee turnout is low, is a usual situation. We had a few checks with our employees when a similiar situation occurred and most of them reverted that as they didn't want to risk losing time at work when they were not sure of what to expect from the training or how this would benefit them in their processes, they hadn't attend the sessions. There had been scenarios where they even had to work late in order to complete their work after 2-3 hrs of a training session, which they thought hadn't been worth the effort.

From then onwards, few days before the training programs we have been sending them preview notes providing short notes on the topics and how the details help them out. After the training session, explanatory notes and FAQs had been circulated to all, including those who had not attended the session as well. The attendance has picked up since then as the employees had been expecting transparency.

I'm not sure if the same method here would work at your organisation as I'm not aware what the training program here is focused on. But this may be worth a shot.


Manoj Augustine

Dear Seniors,
I have a similar experience which I want to share with you.
Iam a Faculty Registrar in a university. At a Faculty Board Meeting,I suggested that we elect a Vice-Dean for the Faculty. My suggestion was accepted. Members asked me to suggest a day and time for the election. I suggested the following Thursday between the hours 09 - 14.00. they agreed on the day but did not accept the time for voting whith the excuse that transparency could not be assured. so we all agreed to meet at 09.30 on the stated day to vote. However, on the appointed day and time no body appeared for the voting to be carried. I informed the Dean that the best way to organise the election is to do it over a period of time eg from 09 - 14.00hours. he suscribed to this arrangement. I sent round circulars to inform members a week later and specified the agreed time. To ensure that members would be present to vote, I called all the members on the phone on the appointed date to remind them of the elction.

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