Training on a Shoestring - April 11, 2012 MVCASTD Meeting

  • 11 Apr 2012
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • St. Ambrose College for Professional Studies, 1950 E. 54 Street, Davenport, IA


  • Board members who have their National ASTD dues paid by the chapter must pay $10 for monthly meetings.
  • Board members who pay their own National ASTD membership enjoy monthly meetings at no charge
  • No program fee is charged to those members who have prepaid
  • Chapter meetings are FREE for first time guests.
  • Members pay $10 per monthly meeting
  • If guests are not members after their first (free) meeting, they are charged $15 thereafter.
  • Speakers and presenters please register for the event or meeting. There is no event fee.

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April 11, 2012 program:

Training on a Shoestring

in not-for-profit Organizations


The keys to training new employees inexpensively are planning, organization, and maximizing existing resources.  

These keys to inexpensive trainings are the topics of our next meeting! 

Unfortunately, it can be tempting for businesses to skimp on training...after all, training is costly, isn’t it? It takes up valuable resources and messes up the normal office flow. Sparing the time to train a newbie feels like a luxury you can’t afford. So you school your new employee on the fly and hope for the best.

Such tight-fisted training policies can cost you big in the long run - a half-trained employee tends to operate with half-speed efficiency. Still, you can’t afford to halt the workings of your practice for a week or two just because someone new has signed on.

Consider a middle-of-the-road approach to bring your new employee on board quickly, with an eye on long-term success. Specifically:

  • Create a written training manual applicable to all new employees. 
  • Assign an existing staff person as a mentor. 
  • Make use of existing resources as training content.

Please join us for our April meeting which will focus on how to make budgets stretch with even more tips!

  We will hear from a panel of human service agency executives (medical, social service, etc.) who have had to be creative and have found better ways to train without "busting the budget!" 

RSVP’s are requested no later than 3 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10 so lunch may be arranged.   


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