I have just had a brilliant 'virtual' discussion with my nephew who is a senior manager in a major organisation about their training budget that has been cut.
In my experience this is a typical reaction when companies or organisations are struggling to balance the books.
In 35 years in the National Health Service (NHS) - sad to say - this was a regular tactic to try to achieve balance financially
'Lets' cut the training budget - it is a nice soft option - no one will notice'
My reaction to that - ABSOLUTELY CRAZY.
The time to seek new ideas, new energy is surely at times of crisis or impending crisis just as much as it is when things are going well.
If motivated staff are already concerned about their own future the last thing they want to hear is that training opportunities have been blocked.
It feels to me like a mission statement that reads
"If moral does not improve in this organisation the sackings will continue"
I am a realist.
Financial balance is of course the bottom line so I am not being idealistic here, but if the leaders are really serious about recovery then surely you need a motivated workforce who can and will save you.
To tell people 'We are in trouble' and then say 'By the way, you can help by working harder but we are not prepared to help you develop' seem to be me to be completely opposite positions.
Then we wonder why the company goes to the wall or the organisation continues to be overspent.
Phew - that feels better - thanks James - you made my grey matter work early this Wednesday morning