Seven Learning And Development Trends To Adopt In 2020
2020 has arrived and, the time has come to evaluate the performances to anticipate the training and learning needs of your employees.human resource is the most valuable asset of an organization. The question is, what should be done to expand the asset? Well, simply by training.
As technology advances, so does the need for constantly updating the knowledge and skill set of the corporate sector employees. In the united states, 77 percent of the learning and development professionals say that personalized learning is the key to gain the attention of the employees.in today's world, the effectiveness of the employee training program is inevitable as it could ever be.let's explore the seven most important trends that must be considered in 2020.
1. Collaboration between C-suite and the HR department is of vital importance
The biggest mistake that could be done in employee training is the absence of collaboration between the C-suite and the HR department in arranging the training. The lack of interest and dedication by C-suite in planning and training procedures can be a significant cause of the failure of the employee training programs. It can cause a loss of valuable organizational resources. the good learning environment comprised of the clear conceptualization by the concerning departments, of the training objective and processes to achieve these objectives to get the best results for increased performances.
2. Work towards achieving future objectives
To secure the organizational future, company must invest in those employees who could be future leaders. The most critical areas to work on should be problem-solving skills, effective communication skills, and leadership skills. If the organization wants to have a targeted approach, they can focus on the employees who the HR department recommends to have leadership qualities. The most obvious trait to look in an employee for a leadership role would be loyalty. Firms should start to work on the employees as soon as they join the organization by providing them with mentors, on the job training and professional networking.
3. Communication skills matter
Organizational structures are changing, and the workforce is getting more diverse. This change is calling for a focus on excellent communication skills. Soft skills are gaining more value as the world is entering the new decade.
according to the survey performed by Pew research centre, 94% of college-educated persons in the United States say that communication skills are the most important skill to go ahead in today's world. Especially in 2020 when more and more generation Z people are entering the workforce, soft skill training will be getting more common to train this tech-savvy but soft skill lacking generation.
According to Linkedin, the most in-demand soft skills of 2020 will be creativeness, persuading skills, adaptation skills and emotional intelligence.
4. Gamification helps
Gamification is the technique that is frowned upon by a lot of serious businessmen. The common notion is that gamification turns the seriousness of the training into childish games.especially if the training is critical like OSHA-compliance training. Gamification is considered to be not a good idea for such learnings. But the reality is totally different. Gamification is just a way of introducing fruitful little rewards for trainees to be excited about. Other techniques like badges, leader boards, and points system also help to make the training process more fun and interesting. It induces the much-needed enthusiasm and interest that the employees need.
5. Consider training a tool of acquiring talent
Training could be a deciding factor for an employee for joining or leaving an organization. Training is considered to be an excellent tool in retaining and hiring employees who believe personal growth and learning an essential factor in their careers. You need to consider training as important as retirement and health packages to be given to your employees. In a recent survey comprising people from all the three generations in the workforce right now, 87% of millennials have decided to leave or join an organization on the basis of their training and development program.
6. Weigh learner-centric against content-oriented training.
In the past training was considered to be a standard process, A shoe that will fit all the employees. The focus was on content, not on the person the material was being created for. Today everything is different. With advances in technology, it is possible to personalize the training according to the competencies and skills of your employees. Nowadays, everyone is accustomed to 500,000 options on one click on google. Youtube and Netflix recommend the videos according to your interests. Why can't training be personalized according to an individual? Firms are turning their training programs according to their employee's needs. That approach is effecting the training efficiency in a very positive way, and the results are getting amazing every day. Just like the weigh learner method, weigh your employees, their talents, their weaknesses, their interests and then design the training program accordingly.
7. Use multiple platforms for training delivery
Taking the time out for training from the primary jobs of employees is still a huge issue in the learning and development industry. Employers, as well as employees, both find it very challenging to take time from their working hours for training reasons. The solution could be the usage of multiple platforms for this purpose. With that, people will have access to content any way they like, and they can use the platform they find easy to access and operate. For example, mobile learning is rising and according to Linkedin 2019 learning report in one year, there is a rise of 5% in mobile learning. As generation z is increasing in number in the work pool, these changes are a must.
These seven points can clearly identify the new trends for the learning and development industry. They are indicating the increasing trend of future-oriented approaches with new techniques like personalized training, multiple learning platform usage and gamification. It also indicates the increase in focus on soft skills, especially communication skills.