- Two new reports — released by Cornerstone OnDemand and Institute for the Future — identify the urgent skills workers must master today to distinguish themselves and survive the workplace of tomorrow, the organizations say. And learning professionals can help.
- One, Get Fit for What's Next, identifies 15 "super skills" workers will need, including "multi-cultural smarts," "digital fluency," and "ethical clarity."
- The other, Navigating the Skills Economy, suggests that business is at a critical point and that creating a culture of learning is now a “change or die” moment for organizations. The report recommends three actions for employers: design a culture of learning; empower employees to take initiative; and deliver fresh, modern content.
To make training a relevant priority, employers may want to consider providing recognition for workers' efforts. No matter what the learning experience, and throughout age ranges, staffers want feedback and acknowledgement for participation. With staff members able to devote on average only 5 minutes per day for training, it’s important to value that initiative.
Another L&D imperative outlined in the reports is providing the right content in the right format. A personalized approach to providing information in the style that is easily understood and applied is needed. Providing access is also mission-critical. Wherever/whenever training gives employees the opportunity to connect with content when they are most likely to be open to learning.
Finally, the report suggests training should be integrated into workflow. From office employees to deskless workers, the ability to use knowledge immediately and as necessary is critical. Studies show that learning that’s immediately applied is better absorbed and retained. As we enter into a major tech disruption, L&D has never been more important.