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The Top Trends in Corporate Training

In a recent article on the HR.BLR.com website, consultant Dominic Cottone of The Leadership Conservancy listed trends in corporate training that we’ll see over the next decade. Here’s a summary of those trends:

  1. Employers will identify opportunities for employees to learn more—and be more proactive—about health and wellness, including ways to manage stress.
  2. Employers will encourage “attitudinal shifts” in how employees view training and development, so they can “embrace lifelong learning.”
  3. Although e-learning won’t replace classroom training, employers will increase their focus on e-learning and ways to train employees “in short bites.”
  4. Trainers will need to identify and develop training that is adaptable, can be changed on the spot, and can be changed easily.
  5. As companies expand their workforces overseas they will develop “truly global” training, and have employees complete “cultural sensitivity” training and training in foreign languages.
  6. As an aging workforce approaches retirement, employers must find ways to pass along older workers’ knowledge to younger or less experienced workers.
  7. A greater emphasis will be placed on leadership development with an increasing number of experienced leaders directly sharing their knowledge with up-and-coming employees.
  8. Companies will incentivize learners by tying their participation in training to performance management and promotions.
  9. New topics will include training on reputation management, teaching in a virtual environment, understanding the needs of a new generation of learners, and focusing more on training that covers ethics, interpersonal communication, skills for new managers, and refresher skills for longtime managers.

As I scanned this list of trends, I was reminded of the new features provided by Soundview’s Corporate Solutions Program. Our multi-media library now includes book summaries with content assessments, author webinars, video interviews with executives, skill-focused newsletters, author interviews, and audio summaries of HSM World Business Forum and Innovation Forum events.

And now all content is mapped to over 46 competencies to help companies connect content with their corporate priorities. Because this business information can be used on all computers and mobile devices, and the library can be integrated into any LMS system, we support many of these trends.

Are you seeing these same trends coming, and if so, how are you preparing to meet the new demands for training in your company or by the content you’re providing?

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