Best practices in employee development

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Note from the editor

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

With the coronavirus pandemic, however, learning and development professionals have their work cut out for them. Amid increased remote work and a focus on safety for those still on site, it's easy to see how employee development might be pushed to the back burner. But some say upskilling and other learning initiatives are more important than ever.

This report details multiple aspects of that issue, including:

  • Ways to encourage peer-to-peer learning.
  • Why Walmart prioritizes cross-training.
  • A look at how L&D can boost workplace diversity and inclusion.
  • How PepsiCo combats "Zoom fatigue" in virtual training.

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

Why Walmart is cross-training associates during the pandemic

Cross-training benefits workers by broadening their skill sets, but it also provides scheduling flexibility, Walmart Senior VP Drew Holler told HR Dive.

• Published Nov. 17, 2020

How HR can encourage peer-to-peer learning in an era of remote work

Gone are the days of coffee machine chatter and overhearing a colleague's phone calls. But employers like Siemens and Uber Freight have found a few workarounds.

• Published Nov. 10, 2020

Debunking 4 myths about reskilling your workforce

Some skeptics still question the utility of learning and development initiatives, Lindsay Witcher, a Randstad Risesmart exec, writes.

• Published March 29, 2021

PepsiCo turns to Minecraft, moving virtual training away from 'Zoom fatigue'

The idea, which originated from the 11-year-old son of an employee based in the Netherlands, will now be used to train hundreds of PepsiCo employees.

• Published Jan. 26, 2021

Training efforts can boost retention, diversity, says Codecademy CEO

Enhanced corporate learning efforts may allow employers "to take chances on people in a way that maybe they couldn't before," Zach Sims said.

• Published Jan. 19, 2021

Want to level up in business? Turn your managers into coaches

Teach your managers to be coaches and the rest will follow, according to researchers at Forrester.

• Published July 27, 2021

Everything employers must know on employee development

Employee development remains a top priority for many employers looking to remain competitive despite talent shortages and digital disruption. With a fiercely competitive job market, professional development has become a key retention tool and a top branding asset for employers.

included in this trendline
  • Why Walmart is cross-training associates during the pandemic
  • 9 tips for crafting a remote L&D program
  • How to tailor training to a hybrid work environment
Our Trendlines go deep on the biggest trends. These special reports, produced by our team of award-winning journalists, help business leaders understand how their industries are changing.
Davide Savenije Editor-in-Chief at Industry Dive.