Trends in Training & Development

Learn about the latest training trends and practices here.

Today’s workforce is competitive, goal-oriented and self-motivated. In order to attract and keep top talent, you need to provide them with the resources and support they need to succeed. When employees have ample opportunity to learn and advance their careers, they are less likely to want to leave. Leveraging the latest research insights, you can continue to stay on top of the growing needs of your employees and develop a corporate training and development strategy that helps everyone succeed. In this article, we’ll cover some of these top trends in training and development in the year 2020 and beyond.

Personalized training paths

Not all employees will have come from the same backgrounds or learning environments as others. They also likely have different ways of learning and respond to different types of incentives. Long gone are the days of a one-size-fits all approach to training. Instead, the best organizations employ personalized training programs that can be tailored to each employee’s specific learning needs and skills gap. While this approach is certainly more complex, it will likely yield better results for both you and your employees.

Mentoring

Going hand-in-hand with personalized learning, mentoring can also be useful in the workplace. By pairing experienced employees with newer team members through formal or informal programs, you can help reduce turnover, enhance recruitment, and resolve opportunity gaps, particularly for women and people of color.

Experiential learning

This approach to training is simply learning by doing. Employees are presented with real-world situations that actually apply to their job – and do their best to solve those hypothetical yet real-world scenarios. This type of training allows for critical analysis as well as quick thinking. It also may be a better option for employees who struggle with traditional book-and-exam style teaching.

Continuous development

Instead of one-off training sessions that take place once a year (or even fewer), there has also been a push for the idea of continuous development, in which employees are continuously investing in their education in order to become more well-rounded at their job. With technology and other advancements happening so rapidly, the need to keep up with their skills is also essential.

Power skills

Behavioral skills – otherwise known as power skills or soft skills – will also be a priority for companies to address in 2020 and beyond. According to a recent IBM report, behavioral skills dominated the list of core competencies that global executives are looking for from their employees – bypassing technical skills for the first time.

Mobile learning

As smartphone usage continues to overtake desktop users, it may be wise to consider how to move employee training and development to this mobile-first space. Using or creating a mobile app for training will allow employees to access the material whenever they want on their phone. It can also lend itself to more engaging and interactive learning experiences.

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