What challenges are managers facing in today’s climate?

During the last few months I was fortunate enough to be in touch with a few managers of various companies in Australia and USA. While not statistically conclusive, here are some general trends I noticed from my various conversations.

Cost: Almost all companies are pressurized to show some cost savings. Mostly this is resulting in passing on pressure to reduce costs on their training vendors. Cost seems to be their single biggest challenge these days.

Uncertain Business Environment: They all mentioned in a way that there’s a constant challenge in planning for the year ahead. The business environment due to COVID19 has a great deal of uncertainty. The hiring is unpredictable, making it harder to plan even the induction batches. There pressure of get trained resources on projects, putting pressure on training managers to schedule training with practically no notice.

Training Effectiveness: Many people I spoke to also talked about training effectiveness. This seems to be the biggest “ask” from companies. How can they show effectiveness of training to their senior leadership/management teams.

What I didn’t find in my conversations with them was surprising. Perhaps I was talking to the wrong people in the company, perhaps most companies I spoke with were large and already have eLearning libraries, I am not sure why but I didn’t find eLearning as a strategic initiative while speaking with some managers.

Most want it, or have it, but it was not clear to me how it was being used as a key initiative to drive down costs in the overall learning strategy. In most cases there was no linkage between eLearning available and the training plans and goals in the company, or how to blend it with classroom training. I asked if there was any opportunities that I could assist in, they also said no. Oh well, I guess I can only do what I can do.

Published by theirishduck

I love the ability where I can plan, prioritise, design, develop and deliver blended learning solutions for a variety of markets. I love to consult and advise about the best use of digital learning and improve design standards in line with evolving ways of working. I also enjoy to keep up to date with, understand and regularly recommend emerging technologies and practice to improve individuals, teams and organisational capabilities. With over 12 years digital learning experience and demonstrated experience in both instructional design and eLearning development, I have also a lot of experience conducting training needs analysis including how to leverage principles such as design thinking and root cause analysis to understand and address performance gaps. I also have led many facilitation workshops and even presented at iDesignX and Game Developers Conferences both here in Australia, Wales and in the United States. I bring loads of coding experience in Java, ASM, C++, HTML, JavaScript, SCORM and xAPI, as well as proven capability using Adobe Captivate, Trivantis Lectora and Articulate Storyline 360 Studio authoring programs. Of course, Adobe Creative Cloud is also part of my toolbox which I also use daily. Being taught traditional and advanced 3D animation techniques, I love hand drawing and polymer clay sculpture, but can also use the Blender, 3D Studio Max, Maya and Softimage applications. With strong multimedia, training and programming backgrounds, I understand modern learner behaviour including micro and social learning, I am very familiar with most LMSes and app-based (XCode and Android Studio), adult learning models and e-solutions. I also possess the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, whilst being pro-active in delivering work independently with minimal supervision, but enjoy working in teams. I've been told I am a resilient, relationship focused guy which can manage and navigate conflicting views and stakeholders/subject matter experts.

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