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Note from the editor

Employee development remains a top priority for many employers looking to remain competitive despite talent shortages and digital disruption. If deployed correctly, it can be a powerful retention tool, part of a succession planning effort and a branding asset.

With the novel coronavirus pandemic, however, learning and development professionals have their work cut out for them. Amid increased remote work, furloughs and layoffs, it's easy to see how employee development might be pushed to the back burner. But as those in the space already know, upskilling, mentorship and other learning initiatives may be more important than ever.

This report details multiple aspects of that issue, including:

  • Tips for creating a remote development program.
  • Ways to avoid "breadcrumbing" employees.
  • The importance of the mentor matchmaker role.
  • Best practices for returnships.
  • A look at how learning and development may evolve during the next decade.

These are just a few of the many aspects of employee development that employers are thinking about. We hope you enjoy this deep dive into the current trends.

Kate Tornone Lead Editor

9 tips for crafting a remote L&D program

As the pandemic forces millions to telework, many work-related activities, including learning and development, have also gone remote.

How to avoid 'breadcrumbing' employee development

Learning opportunities that provide only the bare essentials aren't enough for today's employees, who want growth opportunities beyond their roles.

To put more women at the top, learning pros can play mentorship matchmaker

These connections, while important, don't always occur organically.

Why L&D must be at the center of any returnship program

While many companies are developing or growing returnship programs, solid learning initiatives play a key part in ensuring success.

Disruption is coming. Is L&D ready for the 2020s?

Whatever changes are in store for tomorrow’s workers, experts agree that employers can act now by implementing new learning tech and embracing lifelong learning.