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USA Today: Companies repeat mistake of cutting investment in workers

USA Today: Companies repeat mistake of cutting investment in workers

Alan Webber, the founding editor of Fast Company, describes what we all have intuitively known for some time -- there is a trend of human disinvestment going on in companies, despite the fact that there are more books and seminars on the need to build human capital. Even the learning and training of existing employees is treated as "non-essential" items. Those working in the e-learning content space can relate with this: "One of the easiest ways to make your numbers look better is to cut back on "non-essential" items. Training and development can be axed. So can programs that give executives -- or any workers -- new ideas, new techniques, new tactics and new approaches to winning in the workplace. Once the tyranny of the numbers sets in, almost any investment in people is an easy target."

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