Learning and Development (L&D) Trends for 2022

Learning and Development (L&D) Trends for 2022

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1. A Focus on ‘Soft Skills’

We’ve written frequently about the unfortunate term “soft skills” to describe abilities that aren’t tied directly to job-specific functions. These abilities include things like effective communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, time management, and many more.  A historically dynamic couple of years in the global economy 

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1. A Focus on ‘Soft Skills’

have highlighted just how critical these “soft skills” are and will continue to be in the future.  It’s therefore unsurprising that companies are placing a priority on them when it comes to their 2022 L&D efforts.

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2. Rethinking How Employees Learn

In addition to what employees are learning, many companies are considering updates to how they learn.  This is due in no small part to the constraints of remote work and the impact of greater flexibility on workers’ ability to learn in the kind of collaborative, synchronous format that dominated the prevailing approach in recent years.

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2. Rethinking How Employees Learn

“Employees needed to learn new skills and improve on their existing ones to continue contributing meaningfully to their companies due to the innovations brought about by digital transformation,” says Steven McConnell, Director of Exceptional Resumes.

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3. Leveraging New Technologies

Technological advances have been a true saving grace for all aspects of business life amid the pandemic, and it’s hard to imagine how American and global businesses would have coped with the disruptions over the last 2-plus years with the technology that was available just a couple of decades prior. Andrew Barnes, Go1’s CEO and cofounder, argues that, 

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because the Great Resignation, paired with a pandemic, has empowered employees to take their careers into their own hands, employers and their L&D teams need to embrace tools and strategies that allow employees to learn at their own pace and schedule. Barnes says that L&D professionals will continue to leverage new technologies in 

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3. Leveraging New Technologies

the training realm throughout the coming year. “When L&D programs are accompanied by resources like Slack, Microsoft Teams, and more, employees can focus on upskilling/reskilling when it is convenient for them,” Barnes says. “As we continue to navigate hybrid work, learning in the flow will also support an efficient work and learning environment.”

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