07 Feb 2020
Inside Learning Technologies e-Magazine Page 16
The Future of L&D in 2020 and beyond L&D must adopt a different approach to thrive in the future. Here's what needs to change for L&D to elevate its position to that of the most critical internal business partner. “The secret to success is to be ready when your opportunity comes” For some time now, L&D has struggled for recognition within the ecosystem of an organisation, often struggling to find a seat at the boardroom table. Shackled by the belief that a classroom training session was just an excuse for a day out of the office and restricted by the monotony of click-next compliance training. Whilst CEOs crave the holy grail of demonstrable business impact and return on investment, L&D has laboured under the weight of out-dated models such as Kirkpatrick, that are no-longer fit for purpose in today’s data-driven world. (Image below: data from Deloitte's 2017 HCM survey) Changing workforce
The good news however is that change is on the horizon, the changing demands of the workforce, coupled with advances in technology, mean there is now a real opportunity for L&D to elevate its position to that of the most critical internal business partner. This article will explore the opportunity that exists and how L&D must adopt a different approach to be successful. The world of work is changing – digital transformation is having a profound effect on our working (and consumer) lives. Uber is 9 years old and already testing self-driving cars, Airbnb has revolutionised the hotel industry. We are living through the era of the tech startup, as new companies strive to automate and enhance our lives through the adoption of new technology. It is logical therefore that as technology advances and business adapts, the skills required by the workforce will change.