Still worried about the effectiveness of corporate training? Below are common challenges encountered in corporate training!


Corporate training is undeniably beneficial for both the company and its employees, but its implementation can be challenging. The difficulties arise from the concerns of both supervisors and employees. Supervisors worry about employee turnover or the lack of visible training outcomes, while employees are concerned about the time commitment and the practicality of what they will learn. Whether at the organizational or individual level, corporate training comes with its own set of challenges.

For Corporates:

One of the primary benefits of Chinese language training is that it can help your team members communicate more effectively with their Chinese counterparts. The ability to speak Chinese can help to build trust and establish strong relationships with clients and partners in Chinese-speaking countries. It can also help to prevent misunderstandings, which can often arise due to differences in language and culture. In business, effective communication is critical, and being able to speak Chinese can give employees an edge in negotiations and can help to avoid errors that can be costly to businesses.

Corporate training only benefits other companies

Some supervisors believe that if employees leave after completing training courses, it’s like investing in developing talent for other companies. However, looking at it from a different perspective, when employees enhance their skills through training and continue to serve in their original company, it undoubtedly brings benefits to the organization. Employee training is an investment, and like any investment, it carries risks. Avoiding investment due to fear of risks is equivalent to giving up opportunities for greater wealth. Excellent employees are the key contributors to a company’s prosperity.

The company may spend unnecessary money without seeing immediate training results

Just like in the example mentioned above, corporate training in English may seem like a quick fix. Through corporate English classes, employees can quickly grasp the basic structure of an English email and learn how to start and end it. However, if employees don’t practice regularly after the course, they will eventually forget how to write correctly. Alternatively, participants may quickly grasp the email structure but still struggle to express their ideas clearly in English when writing.

We should keep in mind that corporate English training is mostly “training” rather than “education.” Through training, teachers can quickly impart key points to students. However, for the true effects to be seen in the enhancement of employees’ overall English abilities and the development of the right learning attitude, it is necessary for companies to provide long-term education, and for employees to put continuous effort into practice.

For more explanation on corporate education and training, please refer to this article:
Can corporate training be expedited? Understanding the difference between education and training

For Employees:

Corporate training might take up their personal time

According to the law, whether it’s a corporate training, year-end parties, or spring parties, as long as the activities take place during non-working hours and the attendance is mandatory, it still counts as working overtime for employees. However, many companies require employees to participate in corporate training during their off hours, lunch breaks, and even holidays, and employees are often unwilling to participate in the training, whether or not overtime pay is provided. The only solution to this problem is to help employees understand that corporate training is not a waste of time. HR can compile employees’ needs through questionnaires and then communicate with department managers. In this way, the purpose of corporate training can meet the needs of the workplace, so that employees and department managers could all understand that corporate training is not a waste of time but rather an investment.

Some large chain companies, such as Starbucks, will even close their stores for a whole day for corporate training. Although they lose one-day income, when employees realize that the company is willing to sacrifice income to offer training, they will also be more actively involved in the training!

Employees can’t apply their learning in the workplace

There are two reasons that people cannot apply what they learn in corporate training programs to the workplace. First, what they learn may not be relevant to the actual job duties, and second, the lack of immediate application can diminish the effectiveness of the training.

Firstly, in corporate training, the HR department responsible for organizing the training may succumb to “top-down pressure.” They prioritize fulfilling the company’s training objectives over considering what resources employees actually need. This lack of tailored training programs results in ineffective training. Take corporate English classes as an example. If the management decides to maximize resource allocation and arranges colleagues from different departments and varying language proficiency levels into the same class for spoken English lessons, it may be beneficial for foreign sales personnel who need to converse with clients in English. However, it may not be as fruitful for non-business department colleagues who only engage in written correspondence.

Furthermore, “learning by doing” is the best way to learn. If newly acquired knowledge and skills are not immediately applied, they become rusty, and using them later will feel unfamiliar. If managers are willing to let their team members immediately apply new tools and concepts to their work, employees can apply what they have learned right away, resulting in faster results and achieving the intended purpose.

Although corporate training presents challenges at both the organizational and employee levels, it is not difficult to organize a successful corporate training event as long as the issues are identified and addressed with effective communication among employees, managers, and HR.

Employees are a company’s most valuable asset, and training them is a major task for HR. However, arranging suitable corporate training can be a significant challenge. At CLN, we offer customized consulting services for workplace English difficulties that our clients encounter and provide tailored solutions to address their specific needs. If you’re unsure about organizing English training or what kind of English training to provide, we are here to help. Feel free to contact us here: