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Why Your Training Department Needs a Mission Statement

Posted by Lynne Koltookian on 10/10/16 8:00 AM
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Have you seen the Mission Impossible movies? Tom Cruise’s mission, should he choose to accept it, is usually quite dangerous. Just like the Mission Impossible movies, corporations have missions, too! While many focus on making money for owners, stockholders, and employees, many companies also have mission statements that go beyond revenue gain. Examples of mission statement topics might include being environmentally-friendly, being a community citizen and/or assisting employees in securing a better retirement income.

 

Training departments should also have mission statements. In our Successful Training Manager  workshop, we teach training managers how to incorporate a department mission statement into their strategic planning. A top notch mission statement should align directly with the corporate mission statement. Our goal in training should be to train employees to work towards achieving the corporation’s goals.

 

So, how do we write a mission statement? There are three components of a well-written mission statement. First, it must tell everyone what we do. Secondly, it should explain why we do it and third, who we do it for. Often times, we assume everyone outside of our training group knows what we do, but that’s not always the case.

 

Here are the key reasons why your training department should have a mission statement:

FOCUS 

Your mission statement not only gives people outside of your department an idea of what you do, but also gives your training staff a purpose and a goal behind what they do every day.

 

POLICIES 

When you have a clear mission statement, it allows you to write training department policies that are in alignment and helps to eliminate unnecessary distractions.

 

CONNECTION 

Having an aligned mission statement allows you to connect your department’s training goals and objectives to the company goals and mission statement, resulting in the instructional design and delivery of relevant courses. Offering relevant courses will assist in validating your training department’s existence.

 

Now that you’ve created a mission statement for your department, post it on your LMS and in your training room. Include it in your email signature block and put it in your training materials. Let everyone know how good you are!

 

What benefits do you see from having a training department mission statement? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

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Hello, I’m Lynne Koltookian, a native New Englander. I have lived here all my life and am now the Boston-based instructor for Langevin Learning Services. I started working for Langevin in March of 2007 after working more than twenty years for corporations in eastern Massachusetts.

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