This week, ahead of the formal launch coming up in early November, I was at the “VIP Preview” of this year’s industry benchmark report.
Whilst a copy of the report was provided, much of the presentation was under a twitter embargo so I wont blog too much about the content.
Overall, as one would expect, a lot of the messages are a continuation from previous years. Indeed the idea that it is “the time to change” is not necessarily new, as I commented in 2013, it is getting increasingly difficult to continue along old paradigms.
The scale of the report continues to impress, this year c.600 L&D professionals from 55 countries fed into the data set that has led to a 20 page report.
During the event’s presentations there were a lot of points made that were good to hear, including:
- findings that learners are self directed but need support
- the self directed nature of learners is not generation specific, this is not a ‘millennials’ thing
- need a vision of the future for learning, lots of people have one but not getting there fast enough
- the vision needs to focus on improving performance, L&D need to ensure business see this – it is not about course formats
- silos within HR need to end, or at least have better working across them (to foster workforce engagement)
- the ‘top deck’ of higher performers are increasingly enhancing performance through access to communities, content, technology and clear communications – all where and when they are needed
- fundamentally, there needs to be an end to the logic of ‘business’/’learner’/’L&D’ silos [indeed the point was made that we are all ‘colleagues’ – something I’ve argued for a while].
None of the above points will really come as a surprise to people who have followed the thinking of previous reports and the move toward ongoing “maturity”. One nice new feature, however, is a section written in a way that can be given to business leaders to challenge them to better understand what learning should be and what they should expect from their internal learning professionals.
Overall, a great evening and another interesting report.