When I facilitate a training event at Hytrol or at a customer's facility, I always ask participants to share their main goal(s) or objectives for the training so that I can confirm we meet them. Almost without fail, at least one response is, "My boss sent me."
As a training specialist, it's disappointing to hear because it means the employee does not have a clear understanding of why they are in training in the first place and what the desired business outcome for their attendance is. Without that understanding, the employee is almost guaranteed to fail in transferring this new knowledge to their job.
According to the Association for Talent Development, organizations in 2015 spent an average of $1,252 per employee on direct learning expenditures. For even the smallest of organizations, that cost adds up quickly. Failure to drive successful learning transfer, or ability to apply the behavior/skills/knowledge acquired to their job, to actual business results is a very costly mistake.