466 - More Training Please, Says Workforce
Episode Title: More Training Please, Says Workforce
In the midst of the Great Resignation, learning and development programs are having a moment. Here’s why, coming up next on The Perna Syndicate.
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Hello and welcome to The Perna Syndicate! I’m your host, Mark Perna. Today, we’re going to talk about something the workforce used to take for granted: learning and development (also known as L&D).
Of course, learning and development programs have been around forever, but it’s only recently that they’ve come into the spotlight as a major driver of organizational success. According to a recent study, employees now see a vibrant learning and development culture as a key reason to join a company.
We’ll talk about all the study’s findings this week, but one statistic can give us a clue as to just how important L&D is becoming. 55% of all workers in the study said they need more training to perform better in their current roles. That’s their current roles, mind you—not the positions they’re aspiring to reach in the future. And fully half are pursuing training of some kind outside of their workplace.
Clearly, L&D is rising to become more than a program operating in the background of a company. It’s a culture—and one that more and more employees are seeking out. If a candidate is choosing between two companies that are more or less equal in everything except their L&D offerings, guess which organization is going to win?
So as companies grapple with the talent shortage and skills gap—and employees take training into their own hands—where exactly is L&D headed? And are companies prepared to adapt their training choices to meet this new imperative? That’s our topic this week.
Tomorrow: what’s on the wishlist of learning and development leaders at major corporations? We’ll look at what the data says on the next episode of The Perna Syndicate. We’ll see you then!