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LinkedIn: Workplace learning is on the rise

Recently, I wrote about workplace learning.

I think it’s a topic that deserves much exploration, so I’m sharing key findings from LinkedIn’s report on workplace learning.

LinkedIn contends the short shelf life of soft skills coupled with a tightening labor market has created a skills gap. As such, talent development leaders recognize the importance of employee learning and are increasingly planning opportunities to foster employee growth.

For the report, LinkedIn surveyed 4,000 professionals who are connected on the platform.

“Our research shows that today’s talent developer is being asked to balance competing demands from executives, manager and employees alike: They must play a critical role in shaping future workforce strategy, while delivering hyper-relevant content to support employee needs of today and cater these vast efforts to a multi-generational workforce with varied learning preferences,” the study says. “To balance these competing demands, talent development leaders today are embracing the role of ‘relationship builder’— cultivating the relationships that are the backbone of a learning culture that thrives in a workforce of constant change.”

There are five top workplace learning trends:

  • The No. 1 priority for talent development is training for soft skills.
  • Business leaders worry that training for today’s skills gaps could prevent companies from preparing for future skills gaps.
  • Employers are turning to online learning as the top education avenue.
  • To make sure employees have time for learning, talent development professionals should use platforms employees already engage.
  • Manager involvement is key to workplace development.

Savvy talent development professionals aren’t afraid to push boundaries, the report found.

LinkedIn breaks its report into four categories: talent development, employees, executives and people managers. Across all categories, learning is a priority, but needs to improve.

So, how do organizations measure the effectiveness of their programs?

Retention is a good indicator, LinkedIn says. For example, 69 percent of those surveyed said they retained top employees because of learning programs. Fifty percent said employee feedback on the ability to apply learning is a good measure, while 49 percent said change in employee behavior is a good metric.

“Talent developers: You have the ability to lead your organization to success in tomorrow’s labor market,” LinkedIn says. “You create the learning opportunities that enable employee growth and achievement within your organization. But, as you well know, a successful learning culture needs employee engagement, executive endorsement, and manager involvement.”

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