GE CEO Jeff Immelt made waves when he announced in late 2016 that every new GE hire–whether they’re in marketing, product design, programming, operations, finance, or any number of the tech giant’s departments–would learn to code as part of their onboarding process. But why? Isn’t that why you hire programmers?
We recently surveyed 100 US-based L&D leaders to find out what’s on their minds for digital learning in 2017 and found some interesting trends based on their plans for the upcoming year. But while we learned a lot about trending topics, we stumbled across some interesting findings regarding the number one factor in L&D success. No, it’s not a huge a budget or better technology: its leadership buy-in.
It’s the start of a new year, and with that comes new strategies, technologies, and a new resolve to improve L&D initiatives across the board. But we’re not the only ones making resolutions for an effective 2017: We reached out to 85 L&D pros across a number of different industries to see what their focus for 2017 would be and the results surprised us. Check out some of the most interesting findings and see if they align with your organization’s L&D goals.
When training initiatives aren’t successful, it’s easy to blame your budget. If only you’d had enough money, it would have had better results. But more often than not it’s not the size of your budget, but how you’re using what you’ve been given. Budgets have been an eLearning scapegoat for as long as eLearning has existed; unfortunately, more money won’t necessarily fix something that’s fundamentally broken. Instead, learn how to use what you have to increase training effectiveness.
If you love a good deal, the idea of purchasing off-the-shelf training programs for your company can definitely sound appealing. From a low per-person price to promises of big returns, a savvy shopper might be swayed into nabbing more generic content for the right price. But before you hand over your credit card, you should know that off-the-shelf eLearning isn’t always the best deal. For some organizations, it makes sense, but for many others with large numbers of employees—well, it could cost much more than anticipated.
As far as the education technology industry is concerned, there were a lot of years where it stayed on the backburner. While companies plowed their money into marketing or software, training was usually deemed sufficient with a few videos or a long-suffering module that hadn’t been updated in years.