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Learning And Development
« on: March 11, 2023, 12:38:14 PM »
Many companies that invest in corporate learning find it shows care and significantly increases team efficiency while enhancing retention, employee engagement and eNPS. Our fast-paced world offers multiple learning opportunities, so when considering a learning and development strategy, providing your employees with high-engagement tools is crucial. As a disclosure, my company Headway EdTech is one provider of such corporate learning solutions.

I've observed many advances in this space during my time as Strategic Management Expert, B2B & Partnerships Director at Headway EdTech. In this article, I'd like to share the key L&D trends we are seeing in 2023.

1. Bite-Sized Learning
Your central goal should be to transform learning into a daily habit for each employee in your organization. Irregular efforts won't bring significant progress. The solution is to ensure that the L&D opportunities you offer fit your team's busy schedule and are not considered overhead. Bite-sized content formats allow you to focus and digest content efficiently since they're in small chunks of information. Regular learning sessions that last up to 20 minutes work best in the fast-paced world of work.

2. A Personalized Approach
On-demand courses tailored to employees' needs and preferences are the best way to motivate them to dedicate time to professional development. Corporate learning should also correspond to employees’ work and growth needs.

A personalized approach to L&D contributes to skill-based management. This route enables employees to receive relevant training and realize their full potential based on skills and ambitions rather than their current role in the company. This promotes higher engagement and retention, as well as faster application of new skills and knowledge. This can prove crucial to a company's workforce productivity.

Meanwhile, a recent in-app survey by my own company Headway covering over one million users, shows that people from the U.S., the U.K. and Australia share this as a top self-development goal—to be more productive.

3. Soft Skills Sharpening
A recent study by Deloitte shows that soft skill-intensive jobs are projected to grow 2.5 times faster than other positions and comprise 63% of all jobs by 2030. As we can see, for the company's success, it is essential to boost not just job-specific hard skills but also the team's soft skills.

Soft skills determine how effectively employees interact with each other, their level of trust at work and how successfully the workforce will maintain efficient external interaction with partners, clients, etc. Soft skills corporate training can manifest in better problem-solving and efficiency, enhanced critical thinking and negotiations, not to mention boosted leadership.

4. Learning On The Go
There are two reasons companies are choosing to create learning on-the-go opportunities for their employees.

• In our fast-paced world, people rarely have the chance to devote several hours a day to studying.

• People never part with their mobile phones for a second.

That is why mobile learning is proving a valuable medium for corporate courses, as it enhances engagement. Mobile delivery allows you to gain knowledge anytime and anywhere. An employee may very well, for example, listen to a lecture during a short 20-minute break at work or commute home.

For companies choosing to leverage mobile learning, it is also essential to keep a cross-platform approach. The ability to switch between various devices—laptops, tablets and mobile phones—ensures flexibility while increasing employee engagement and productivity.

5. Gamification
Gamification is a final crucial trend we are seeing in L&D. Game mechanics motivate us to finish assignments—they also often show a higher success rate due to the fact that the best learning happens when the process is easy and fun.

Another advantage of gamification is its allowance for experimenting with different formats to help retain information, as learners might engage in challenges, streaks, visual explainers and more. This carries the added advantage of being able to meet the needs of different types of learners, whether audial or visual.

Today, an effective L&D initiative must sway all stakeholders.

Leveraging the latest in L&D trends and advances has the power to provide the fresh learning needed to meet employees where they are—and transform the modern workplace environment. I hope this article provides some valuable takeaways for leaders seeking to get the most out of the latest advancements and trends in L&D.

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