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Top Ten L&D Trends in 2018 That Experts Must Look Out For

Written By Puneet
Learning and Development is arguably one of the most overlooked aspects of a company culture. That said, things are rapidly changing in a modern organization. The managers and the CEOs are now ditching the traditional training techniques in favour of learning and development. They are able to see the one dimensional approach of traditional techniques and their ‘production-driven’ nature. The truth that these techniques are incapable of retaining the current talent pool and developing their skills is slowly unfolding and companies are going out of their way to fix that.

In fact, the latest research suggests that more than 50% of the organizations have increased their L&D budgets. The process costs the organizations almost $1200 per employee.

It is evident that the fast will beat the big in the current economy. We say that because the future is uncertain. There are dynamic changes in the economy and technological breakthroughs almost every day. These changes might eventually end up disrupting stable businesses or create new business opportunities for a few. The only companies that are destined to survive this are the ones that are adaptable to change.

Before we take a look at the 2018 L&D trends, let us try to understand everything that is wrong with the traditional training techniques.

  • Lack of proper planning

    The fundamental reason why the training techniques fail is the lack of proper planning by the organizations. The executives or the CEOs fail to draw the clear strategy and put an accompanying plan in place. They do not articulate the key skills and the activities that make their jobs easier.
  • Failing to make the process simple

    Ever wondered why the employees are never excited about their training themselves? Well, this is primarily because the trainer fails to make the process engaging for the employees. Big words and inefficient communication are the perfect ingredients in a recipe for disaster.
  • The long-term focus

    Training an employee for something that he/she needs to do years down the line is a lesson that no one is going to remember. This will only make your training lengthy and inefficient. It is best to make it a recurring event and focus on the more immediate responsibilities

What eventually works is a long-term process. Or perhaps a process that is more focused on developing relationships and is more non-tangible in nature. Moreover, a modern workplace consists of people from various generations. You cannot have a single training process in a place where the millennials and the baby boomers co-exist. They are all driven by different things and naturally have different personal life goals. It only makes sense to align the learning process with their personal values and allow them to learn at their own pace.

Top Ten L&D Trends in 2018

We at Mettl conducted a comprehensive survey to understand the learning and development trends in modern organizations. We checked with more than 1500 organizations to find the top trends and the challenges they are facing when it comes to learning and development.

  1. Organizations recognize Talent Development as Important -

    Mettl found that more than 80% of the organizations have a well structured strategy for learning and development. They have been undertaking extensive learning and development initiatives in a bid to update their employees rapidly and regularly.

  2. Re-skilling workforce will be majorly required in large-sized organizations-

    The survey clearly pointed that it was the large organizations that emphasized learning and development for re-skilling their workforce.

    Meanwhile, the small organizations with less than 1000 employees used it as a means to improve employee performance.
  3. Employee engagement in the learning process is a big challenge -

    Surprisingly, the learning process witnesses some obstructions from the employee side as well. In fact, 29% of the L&D experts believe their biggest challenge is the employees who choose not to show up at such events. Some 19% of the organizations even failed to identify the need for such trainings.

  4. More than 50% of the organizations spend 7000-33000 INR on L&D per employee -

    Interestingly, budget constraints haven’t been discouraging organizations from investing in their learning and development process. We found that over 50% of the organizations spend 7000-33000 per employee every year for L&D.

  5. The L&D budget is significant in larger organizations -

    The Mettl team also found that budget constraints were almost negligible in larger organizations. The organizations with more than 1000 employees spent more than the average of smaller businesses. Also, the companies spent three times more money on senior level employees than entry level workforce.

  6. Sales Teams get 25% of the total L&D budget -

    If you were worried the sales team have been stealing everyone’s thunder, then this might make you even more uncomfortable. Apparently, one fourth of the total learning and development budget is spent on making the sales team more efficient.

  7. Core Functions are a focus across industries -

    Almost all businesses spent the most amount of money in improving the skills of their core function teams. Whether it is retail, healthcare, or finances, the core functions remained the top priority across industries.

  8. 64% of organizations have increased their YoY L&D budgets -

    A whopping 64% of the organizations have increased their learning and development budgets by over 10% in 2018 as opposed to 2017. This clearly goes on to show that these companies have started witnessing the benefits of L&D.

  9. Experts believe blended training mode works the best -

    The research also found that the L&D experts favoured the blended approach over an instructor-led programme. 81% of the experts seemed to believe in the blended approach that makes the process more engaging.

  10. Assessment Technology is the most effective way to evaluate L&D success -

    Surprisingly, only 3% of the experts found quizzes and questions during the training to be helpful when evaluating the success of L&D programs. Meanwhile, 37% of them preferred to use assessment technology to examine the difference.
These were some of the key learning and development trends of 2018. Our research that spanned over 1500 organizations also concluded with some surprising results. The detailed trends and challenges faced by these organizations, you can see our full report here.

Topics: HR Trends

Originally published February 07 2019,updated June 29 2019

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