By: David Baldwin
By: David Baldwin
Training is powerful. Training is also expensive. Although paying for an instructor and material can be significant, the greatest cost is likely time away from work for the attendees. Because of the expense, spurious arguments are often made that on-the-job training is sufficient; in other words, that formal training is not worth it. As a full time Tableau trainer, I emphatically disagree! I am passionate about the value of training and have written this article to provide sound arguments for the value of formal training – arguments you can use to strengthen your case to convince others to support your training goals.
There’s a reason U.S. companies spend billions of dollars on training and development each year. It has a direct relationship with employee development, which is a crucial element of employee satisfaction and retention. Consider the following statistics:
On-the-job training is, of course, valuable. But it is woefully inefficient in and of itself. Formal training has several advantages. Consider the following:
Of course, once you realize the importance of training, the next question is, how do you measure it?
How do you know if a training program, class or company is worth it? Ultimately, you want to see a return on the investment. While it can be hard to quantify the results of training, here are a few areas to review:
A good training program, class or company should be able to provide use cases that speak to measurable results, such as, the above. Now that we’ve reviewed the importance of training and how to measure it, let’s take a look at the specifics of Tableau training.
Regardless of your skill level, there are Tableau training options that can hone and improve your data visualization skills. Click here for a complete listing or, for an overview, see the following list:
Desktop I: Fundamentals
Desktop II: Intermediate
Desktop III: Advanced
In conclusion, if you’ve invested in Tableau Desktop licenses, make the worthwhile investment! Good training will empower your Tableau Desktop authors to make the impact you’re looking for in your organization.