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.