Haskell's Training Department Ranks Among Best in World for Second Consecutive Year

JACKSONVILLE, FL - Haskell has been named by Training magazine as one of the Training Top 125, an exclusive list of the leading internal training organizations in the world. Haskell’s comprehensive learning and development strategies are delivered in four key areas: foundation-building, business/technical skills, management development and program(s) for technical development. “A contributing factor to Haskell’s selection is our focus on directly linking training to strategic business objectives,” observed Dave Balz, Vice President for Organizational Development. “We design our programs in close consultation with business unit leaders and in-house subject matter experts to deliver relevant, applicable content to continuously improve safety, quality and operational excellence for our customers.”

“Haskell believes that our employees are our most valuable resource. We continually evaluate how to develop this extraordinary talent through innovative training and development opportunities,” said David Thaeler, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “With unrelenting commitment to developing the right training tools and creating impactful professional development opportunities, we are better positioned to serve our customers, clients and shareholders. Receiving this award for the second consecutive year is not only an honor but testament to our dedication to our employees.”

Training magazine recognized the 2014 Training Top 125 winners with crystal awards and revealed their rankings during a black-tie gala held during the Training 2014 Conference & Expo in San Diego, CA. Now in its 14th year, the Training Top 125 is the only report that ranks companies unsurpassed in harnessing human capital. Some applicant statistics of note:

  • The mean revenue was $4.5 billion U.S. and $6.5 billion worldwide. The mean training budget was $24.3 million, representing 5.84 percent of payroll.
  • The mean number of total employees trained per organization (including independent contractors and franchisees) was 31,079, with 16,577 trained in the classroom and 29,744 trained online. A mean of 451 courses were offered as instructor-led sessions; 1,709 were offered as online self-paced modules; and 165 were offered as virtual instructor-led classrooms.
  • The average number of full-time and part-time trainers was 199 and 557, respectively.
  • Some 99 percent of applicants have a tuition reimbursement program. A mean of 8 percent of eligible employees made use of tuition reimbursement programs in the last year. Median spend on tuition reimbursement programs was $400,000.
  • Some 99 percent of applicants use employee satisfaction surveys, competency maps, and personal/individual development plans. Only 69 percent tie managers’ compensation directly to the development of their direct reports.
  • On the evaluation side, 77 percent of applicants utilize Return on Value; 83 percent utilize Return on Investment; 79 percent utilize Balanced Scorecards; and 58 percent utilize Six Sigma. The Kirkpatrick Levels of Evaluation are more widely used: Level 1 (99 percent), Levels 2 and 3 (97 percent), and Level 4 (95 percent).

The Top 125 ranking is determined by assessing a range of qualitative and quantitative factors, including financial investment in employee development, the scope of development programs, and how closely such development efforts are linked to business goals and objectives. Companies that wish to be considered for Top 125 ranking complete a detailed application, which is scored both quantitatively (70 percent of total score) by an outside research and statistical data company and qualitatively (30 percent of total score) by Training magazine editors and Top 10 Hall of Fame representatives.