learning 2024 report

Research – The 2024 Learning Report is In!

Posted on May 20th, 2024 in Learning & Development.

As we head further into 2024, Learning and Development (L&D) continues to evolve, responding to both technological advancements and changing employee expectations. The latest research – ‘What employees want from L&D in 2024′ (https://www.talentlms.com/research/learning-development-trends) from TalentLMS and Vyond highlights significant trends and insights that can help organisations align their L&D strategies with the needs of their workforce. Here are the key findings and their potential impact on Learner Bubble clients.

Learning Research Report – Trends for 2024

Personalised Learning:

Employees are keen to have access to training that is targeted to their needs, rather than receiving a ‘sheep-dip’ approach. The demand for personalised learning is high, with 80% of employees emphasising its importance for 2024. Personalised learning tailors training to individual needs, enhancing engagement and effectiveness by allowing learners to become more active participants in their education​​.

Learner Bubble Client Insight – Being able to provide employees with a suite of learning courses that meet the huge variety of learning needs within your organisation will help ensure you are providing exactly what they want at the time they need it. Add to this the ability to adapt and alter content to suit business requirements and you’re onto a winner.

Integration of Well-Being and Skills Growth:

A holistic approach to employee development is on the rise. About 68% of employees believe that non-work-related training supporting overall well-being will be crucial. This includes mental health, mindfulness, and financial wellness training, which can help employees lead more balanced and productive lives​​.

Learner Bubble Client Insight – We don’t just do skills training. Our aim is to provide content that develops for the individual, not just the role they happen to be in. Combine this with our wellbeing content and the focus on personal development is clear.

AI in Training:

The incorporation of AI is set to revolutionise L&D. AI tools will enhance personalisation, content development, and assessment, making training more effective and adaptive. Employees are keen to learn about AI, with 67% desiring training on new AI tools​​.

Learner Bubble Client Insight – With courses like our ‘Using ChatGPT’ online learning, we’re at the forefront of new content development. Our partnership with TalentLMS also allows for AI switch on tools, which can enhance your business course creation and design.

Purpose-Driven Learning:

Aligning L&D initiatives with business goals is becoming essential. Data-driven training ensures that learning activities directly support organisational objectives, helping to address specific business needs more effectively​​.

Learner Bubble Client Insight – We’ll work closely with you to ensure that your business goals align with your L&D strategy. Whether our off-the-shelf content matches your needs, or you’d like us to develop something bespoke, we’ll work with you to implement training interventions that get results.

Focus on Interpersonal Skills:

The pandemic has highlighted a gap in interpersonal skills, with 41% of employees noting a lack of social skills in the workplace. Training programs are increasingly focusing on soft skills to bridge this gap and foster better teamwork and communication​​.

Learner Bubble Client Insight – Soft skills are an intrinsic part of our offering and topics such as communication skills, emotional intelligence, executive presence and influencing skills all combine to help develop the social skills of your employees.

Snapshot of Workplace Training in 2023

The report also provides a retrospective look at 2023, showing high employee satisfaction with workplace training. Key highlights include:

Preparation for Future Work: 71% of employees feel more prepared for the future due to their training.

Career Progression: 72% have advanced in their careers thanks to the training received.

Relevance to Job Roles: 77% found the training relevant to their job responsibilities​​.

Pain Points of Workplace Learning

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Despite the overall positive sentiment toward workplace training, the TalentLMS and Vyond research identified several critical pain points that hinder the effectiveness of Learning and Development (L&D) initiatives. Addressing these challenges is essential for maximising the impact of training programs and ensuring that employees can fully benefit from them.

  1. Lengthy Training Sessions

One of the most significant obstacles reported by employees is the duration of training sessions. Long, drawn-out sessions can be overwhelming and counterproductive, leading to decreased attention and retention. Overly extended training sessions topped the list of challenges, highlighting the need for more concise and focused learning experiences.

Recommendation: To combat this, organisations should consider breaking down training into shorter, more manageable segments, leveraging shorter sessions. This approach not only keeps learners engaged but also improves retention by delivering information in bite-sized chunks. Of course, online learning is a great remedy to long, drawn-out classroom training, as content can be explored and returned to as required.

2. Monotonous Delivery Methods

Monotonous and unengaging delivery methods are another common pain point. Traditional training formats that rely heavily on text and lack interactivity can make even the most interesting content dull. Employees highlighted the need for more dynamic and engaging training methods.

Recommendation: Incorporate a variety of multimedia elements such as videos, interactive simulations, and case studies into training programs. These methods can enhance engagement and make learning more enjoyable and effective.

3. Restricted Access to Training

Access to training content when needed is crucial for effective learning. However, many employees report difficulties in accessing training content on-demand. Restricted access contradicts the overall preference for flexible and personalised learning, limiting the opportunities for employees to learn at their own pace and convenience.

Recommendation: Ensure that training content is readily available to employees at all times. This can be achieved by using digital platforms that allow for on-demand access, offline learning and mobile device use. This enables employees to fit learning into their schedules more easily.

4. Lack of Social Skills Training

The transition to remote and hybrid work models has highlighted a gap in interpersonal skills among employees. With 41% of respondents noting a lack of social skills in their workplace, there is a clear need for training programs that focus on soft skills such as communication, teamwork, and leadership.

Recommendation: Develop and implement soft skills training programs that address the specific needs of employees in remote and hybrid work environments. Incorporate activities that promote social interaction and collaboration, even in virtual settings.

In-Demand Skills for 2024

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Employees are prioritising specific training areas to stay competitive:

Leadership and Management: This is the most sought-after training, reflecting a desire for career advancement and influence.

Mental Health: As workplace stress continues to rise, mental health training is highly valued.

AI Tools: With AI becoming ubiquitous, training on AI tools is in high demand to keep up with technological advancements​​.

Key Takeaways for Employers

To effectively address these trends, employers should:

Accelerate Skills Development: Proactively develop new skills to stay ahead of market demands.

Promote Internal Mobility: Utilise internal talent pools to fill skill gaps.

Integrate Learning into the Workflow: Make learning a seamless part of daily work.

Adopt a Learner-Centric Approach: Focus on the needs and preferences of employees.

Leverage Data for Empowerment: Provide data-driven insights to motivate and guide learners.

Create Engaging Experiences: Use videos, simulations, and interactive content to enhance engagement.

Foster a Learning Culture: Encourage continuous learning and skill development​​.

Impact on Learner Bubble Clients

For clients of Learner Bubble, these insights underscore the importance of evolving L&D strategies to meet modern expectations. Emphasising personalised learning, integrating well-being initiatives, and leveraging AI can significantly enhance the effectiveness of training programs. By aligning training with business goals and focusing on interpersonal skills, Learner Bubble can help organisations build a more competent and satisfied workforce. These trends not only improve employee engagement but also drive better business outcomes, ensuring that learning becomes a strategic advantage in 2024 and beyond.

By staying informed of these trends and implementing the recommended strategies, Learner Bubble clients can ensure their training programs are both cutting-edge and highly effective, fostering an environment of continuous growth and development.