80-20 principle in training

The 80/20 principle explains that in our professional lives we spend 80% of our time carrying out 20% of our total set of responsibilities.

So why not use this to design more cost-effective training strategies!?

Provide novices with experiences and challenges based around mastering core responsibilities, while supplementing the training process with observation and directive feedback. Form mentor-led communities of professional practice among novices and engage learners in one-on-one sessions with mentors to address specific issues.

Learners need to be engaged in their learning, require directive feedback to improve and need to be mentored to form their own problem-solving strategies. Having novices learn on the job, while providing support structure, is a more efficient means of training future problem-solving employees and creating a culture of learning throughout an organisation.