- Learning and development decision makers believe two-fifths of companies don't have a clear strategy for learning, Forbes reports. The Challenges of Global L&D survey by Open University Business School reveals that another half believe learning is not viewed as important and 42% of L&D executives say they are lacking direction from leadership.
- Bernd Vogel, director of Henley Centre for Leadership at Henley Business School told Forbes, "L&D people often lack confidence and clarity about what they contribute to the business and it's not always about retention and investment."
- The report also showed that L&D lacks critical support from leadership, despite a firm belief on the part of L&D executives surveyed that organizations with learning cultures will outperform competitors.
As companies adjust to the challenges of keeping up with skill shortages and technology changes, it's vital that learning and development teams have the support needed to stay on top. Many L&D leaders understand the critical role L&D can play in helping organizations succeed, but based on the Open University Business School study, leadership is not always getting the message.
A better communication strategy is the next phase in the evolution of modern day professional development. By using technology and analytics well, L&D can produce reports and evidence to prove that they are helping employees become smarter and more prepared. These are words that leaders understand well.
Boosting the confidence of L&D leaders could also be beneficial if they find themselves in a position where they must convince other executives of the value updated, well-designed L&D programs could have for the overall sustainability of a business. Research shows that more than half of L&D providers are improving the structure and operation of their departments, but they continue to struggle against a perception among CEOs that they are ineffectual and lack strategy.