Training and Development Trends for 2022

Training and Development Trends for 2022

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1. Navigating the Return to Work Will Be a Key Challenge

Knowing a return to the office can be good for business and mental health, there’s another factor to consider: personal preferences. “Many people never want to go back to the office,” admits Friesen. “A lot of employees have reevaluated their priorities and the kind of job they want. So, the question becomes how strong of a stance to take on 

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1. Navigating the Return to Work Will Be a Key Challenge

the return to work. The truth is that organizations are in a lose-lose-lose situation. Whatever they do will inevitably be viewed as unfair by some employees.  And that puts companies at risk of losing employees when they can’t afford to. It’s a tough spot—so much so that many of them keep pushing the decision off, over and over.”

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2. The Struggle to Maintain Corporate Culture and Identity Will Become Prevalent

For many organizations, remote work has created a corporate identity crisis that’s incredibly difficult to deal with. “So many organizations are struggling with defining company culture and identity right now,” says Friesen. “They’re wondering what their culture even is anymore and whether they have any left. Culture is formed by employees 

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2. The Struggle to Maintain Corporate Culture and Identity Will Become Prevalent

emulating behaviors, and now they’re lacking the ability to do that." And as these questions arise and these challenges present themselves, Friesen is seeing organizations enlisting training and development programs that focus on key soft skills.

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3. DEI Has Taken a Backseat (And May Continue To)

Last year, we predicted that Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion (DEI) would be a prominent trend. But unexpectedly, it’s taken a back seat. “Interestingly, we’ve seen DEI take a back seat to challenges pertaining to the pandemic,” says Friesen. “It’s certainly not as prevalent of a topic or focus as it was a year ago.”

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4. The Importance of Rediscovering Teams

Being apart for so long hasn’t just caused social disconnection. It’s caused a rift in employees’ understanding of one another and leaders’ understanding of their teams. “We’re seeing a trend of employers trying to rediscover who their teams are,” says Friesen. “This is a result of teams gathering face-to-face for the first time in two years or 

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4. The Importance of Rediscovering Teams

or groups of employees meeting in person who have never met before. People need to discover—or rediscover—how to work together.” This has resulted in an uptick in assessment sessions designed to identify employees’ preferences and workstyles that help create understanding and build stronger teams.

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5. Organizations Will Want to Infuse Fun Into Learning

The toll the pandemic has taken on employee wellbeing and engagement is driving a new trend: the integration of fun into learning and development sessions. “I’ve had a lot of organizations looking to do training sessions that balance fun and learning,” says Friesen. “They want to do learning and development, but they want it to be light. Their 

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5. Organizations Will Want to Infuse Fun Into Learning

team is tired. They’ve been through a lot. They want to equip them with tools and knowledge, but they want serious content delivered in a light way.”

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6. Organizations Will Begin Bringing Employee Mental Health In-House

It seems that a realization is coming to light: we still don’t truly know the long-term implications of the pandemic on people’s mental health. And this is of growing concern to organizations. “There’s a belief in many circles that we still don’t truly know the true impact of the pandemic on people,” explains Friesen. “I believe we’re going to look back 

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and realize that this period of time was much harder on people than we ever really knew. We don’t know the full extent of the fallout from this—and many organizations are sharing this sentiment.” He adds, “People are already carrying a level of worry, concern, and anxiety. And this is obvious just by looking at how long it takes to get an 

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6. Organizations Will Begin Bringing Employee Mental Health In-House

appointment with a therapist these days.”  Because of these concerns, many organizations are considering taking proactive steps to mitigate mental health challenges among employees.

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