WeLearn, a learning and development solutions provider, announced June 20 a series of three workshops in partnership with educator Charles Chaffin aimed at improving corporate L&D programs and helping employees manage information flow at work.
The three workshops tackle subjects including information overload and helping employees manage data; refining education and training strategies; and addressing “employees’ relationship with the information age,” WeLearn said.
Steady flows of information in the modern work environment can overwhelm employees, Chaffin said in a statement; “That’s where these workshops come into play, to provide organizations and their employees with the tools needed to strategically manage information and to educate better along the way.”
Employers are investing in data and analytics without the workers to take advantage of those investments. A 2021 EY survey found that nearly 1 in 5 executives said their organizations were short on analytics and information technology talent even as 53% placed data and analytics tech at the top of their near-term investment priorities.
Internal training may be a natural alternative to recruitment, but a recent Forrester and Tableau survey of decision-makers found that only 39% offered data training to all employees. All the while, a lack of data literacy has led to real costs for employers, according to a 2020 report published by Accenture and analytics software firm Qlik.
These findings come in spite of other research that shows employees actively seek out employers that will provide training opportunities; a 2021 survey by Monster found that 45% of employees said they would be more likely to stay with their current employer if they were offered skills training.
Recruiting practices also may be a factor. In June, a report by ManpowerGroup subsidiary Experis found that employers seeking IT skills may be overlooking qualified candidates, failing to consider those with experience in the startup space or those who have experience through in-house training, apprenticeships or other training models.