Organizations are struggling to provide employees with the formal training they need to do their jobs effectively. A significant gap between the realities of formal job training and the types of training employees identify as effective was revealed in a study conducted on behalf of Axonify by Ipsos, a global market research firm.

The wide-ranging survey of 1,000 employees across sectors found that 46 percent of employees who receive formal training report that it is not very effective in helping them succeed at their job. Another 30 percent indicate that they do not receive formal training on the job.

Among all respondents, formal workplace training seems to have a positive correlation to workplace engagement, with 46 percent of those surveyed saying that such training makes them feel extremely engaged with their job, and another 45 percent saying that workplace training makes them feel at least somewhat engaged.

Of those who rate their workplace training as being only somewhat effective, not very effective, or not at all effective, 29 percent say it is boring; 23 percent say there is too much information to absorb. Another 16 percent stated the training was ineffective because they were trained on the wrong content, and 12 percent said they didn't have time for the training.

The most important features of workplace training include being easy to complete and understand (90 percent), having access to the information anytime and anywhere (87 percent), being given the opportunity to apply the training on the job in real life (86 percent), and being able to pick the training times that fit their schedule (85 percent).