When North America looks for a model society, they often look far north, to Canada.
But when it comes to training, it’s best to look elsewhere. A recent report by Proudfoot Consulting indicates that worker productivity and training in Canada rate low when compared with developing countries in other parts of the world. The survey queried managers in 12 of the world’s largest economic powers.
In many categories that measure the importance of training to an organization, Canada ranked near the bottom compared with the United States, major European Union countries, China, India and Brazil.
Workers in Canada receive an average of only eight days of training annually, just a few percentage points above Britain , the last place finisher.
If Canadian managers are anxious for a reason to celebrate, the report identified one. Canadian workers tallied the second lowest level of unproductive time, specifically referring to activities which do not produce results for the organization. Canadian workers spend an average of 65 days annually on unproductive work compared with the global average of 89.5 unproductive days.
One possible remedy identified in the report is for managers to spend more time giving direct supervision to workers. Unlike other countries surveyed, managers in Canada did not report being overwhelmed with administrative tasks or monthly reports.