In this article, Senior HR Consultant, Claire McGuinness discusses both the benefits and challenges of Learning & Development.
Although the pandemic is now behind us, many people have reconsidered their current careers. Research shows that 69% of UK workers are ready to move jobs. Reasons include the demand for remote working, more job flexibility, and higher salaries. However, as many as 42% of career changers feel disengaged and simply want to try something new. This is where training can step in. By offering better and more varied training, employers can re-engage workers who might start looking elsewhere.
We know Learning & Development is critical, but employers can face problems with investment in this area. As a result, L&D can be a neglected part of HR and something that is easy to push down the agenda. Surveys highlighted that investment wasn’t the only Learning & Development challenge. Mentoring and job shadowing are seen as the most effective ways for employee advancement with fewer opportunities for in-person traditional mentoring and ‘learning by osmosis’.
Employers could also benefit by adapting Learning & Development to hybrid models. This can offer previously inaccessible benefits, such as linking mentors and mentees from around the world. Therefore, implementing a hybrid Learning & Development programme can help to make mentoring more convenient, flexible and accessible to employees. This allows for mentoring partnerships that might otherwise be geographically impossible.
With the cost of living increasing higher than wages are rising, employees are looking to upskill themselves in order to gain their next promotion. Therefore, employers will need significant investment in Learning & Development functions to ensure learners have the development opportunities to make their careers fulfilling.
HPC offer a variety of Learning & Development modules that can be made bespoke to your business needs. Or, if you need further advice or guidance on how to best implement your L&D platform, get in contact with our team of experts.
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