Friday 7 February 2020
Inside Learning Technologies e-magazine Page 27
Workplace learning is changing: How to keep up It can be difficult to break through the noise but it is important to stay aware of the latest tools, technologies and trends that are positively affecting the learning experience. Workplace learning is more of a priority than ever for organisations of all sizes, but even seasoned L&D professionals are struggling to keep up with the rapidly evolving workplace learning industry. Innovations allow administrators to make L&D programmes more effective. So, what are the most recent changes in workplace learning?
A priority for executives and employees alike According to LinkedIn’s 2019 Workplace Learning Report 94% of respondents expressed that they would stay at a company longer if it invested in learning opportunities, revealing that workplace learning is increasingly important to employees. This has influenced a positive shift in priorities among executives who are now making sure L&D programmes are given the resources necessary to succeed. Around 82% of L&D professionals say their executives actively support employee engagement in professional learning. This commitment is backed by the fact that 43% of talent developers have seen increased budgets. Only 27% have listed budget constraints as their top challenge, a 22% decrease since 2017. Higher budgets and increasing support from upper management means that more organisations can create engaging and impactful learning that will enable them to better attract, train, and retain employees. The diversity of learning topics is increasing This increase in commitment to workplace learning, has also led to an increase in the sheer number of topics covered, and a growing diversity of content sourcing methods. Circa 73% of workplace learning programmes are using external content, while 85% use content created in-house.