This question is a bit like asking which of these two is more effective: Working from home or working from office. It is difficult to answer this question, right? It depends on how one looks at it. Similarly, both onsite and offsite trainings have their own unique advantages. It all depends on which the particular organization finds more convenient or comfortable for a particular training.
Each is good, in its own way
Many organizations opt for onsite trainings for the reason that they bring with them many advantages.
These are some of them:
Onsite trainings are highly economical
This is quite natural, considering that the organization needs to bear the traveling and other expenses of only the trainer and not the entire group of employees that are getting trained.
The client decides what needs to be imparted
This is a highly commendable feature of onsite trainings and is available with no other mode of training. If the participant decides the curriculum, what could be more focused, relevant and effective?
Onsite trainings offer many choices to the participants who undertake the trainings. Wide choices are given in terms of not only the curriculum, as mentioned above, but also in relation to the choice of experts, the choice of the venue, and the choice of schedule.
Advantages of offsite trainings
Now, does this mean that offsite, or what may be called in person trainings, are useless? Absolutely not, because if there were to be no utility in this mode of trainings, this would have ceased to exist long ago! Onsite trainings do offer many benefits compared to offsite trainings, but let us examine some of the advantages of offsite trainings:
Break away from the routine of office
Much is said about the familiar environment in which onsite trainings are held. Of course, many organizations see this as an advantage, but this feature also works the other way. Many organizations find that participants don’t take trainings in the same premises seriously enough and think of these sessions more as a pleasant digression from the daily grind of work. They tend to take it too lightly, more as a day out rather than as a training session that will make a difference to their careers.
Lack of focus
Additionally, there is always the possibility that employees could be tempted to make a phone call and dash off for a quick coffee, since they are more likely to see the training session as a kind of change from their routine. Not everyone may do it, but what if a senior employee excuses himself to hand down a quick instruction to his subordinate who is after all, with arm’s length? Neither the expert nor the organization’s HR can object to this. This is something like a home worker who would want to take a quick break at a crucial time because he has to switch the cooker off or has to remember to pay a bill. This will almost certainly not happen at offsite trainings.
Familiarity with the working conditions
This is one of the defining features of onsite trainings, but again, this could be a double edged sword. In many instances, people feel fresh and creative only when they attend a training session that offers them a new and lively environment. Many a time, a few organizations could also feel that it is more productive to get the employees to a new environment and let them come out with new ideas rather than dump them all at one place.
To summarize, both onsite and offsite trainings come with their own set of advantages and benefits. Depending on the need and the liking of the organization, it could choose the one that suits it better.
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