Future-gazing: what’s ahead for L&D?

by Brett Henebery27 Feb 2017
As L&D professionals try to make sense of the rapid changes taking place across the employment landscape, some are identifying trends that can help organisations and their learners use this period of flux to their advantage.

Among them is Richard Maloney, the CEO and founder of Engage and Grow, a company which facilitates employee and leadership training.

Maloney, who was a moderator on the panel at the Learning & Development Masterclass held in Sydney on 30 November, outlines some of the most disruptive changes he sees occurring across the L&D space, and how to capitalise on them.
Organisational landscapes are changing organically, due to the new technologies in place but it is also forced by the new generations coming into the workforce and disrupting old ways of thinking and working,” he said.
“It’s not just the mobility – it’s the need for a purpose. Through all of this, the most disruptive change occurring in organisations right now is the realisation that training is dead.
“We know that because if it did then the level of disengagement in the world and particularly in Australia wouldn’t be as low as they are now at a staggering 76%.”
Maloney pointed out that while individuals are not learning through training, it is actually employees least desired way of learning.
However, it is clear that people still want to be developed and engaged, so what do we do? And what else do we have to offer them?
According to Maloney, if organisations want to teach, grow, empower and engage their learners, they need to discard the traditional methods and enter the 21st century.
“L&D is directly impacted because they are the provider, in the business of these development opportunities and they need to move with that disruption is they don’t want to become irrelevant and inadequate to answer people’s needs,” he said.
Looking ahead into the next decade, Maloney said the L&D space will work by a “pull action rather than a push action”.
“Employees will be in charge of their development and they will do it internally with each other and do their own research when external input is needed,” he said, adding that employees will learn from each other.
“They will put their resources together and create a pool of knowledge from which everyone can draw. And in 10 years we will have reverted back to a lot of more meaningful connections and realise that the answer always lied right in front of our eyes in the resources that each of us have.”

The next L&D masterclass will take place on 6 April 2017 in Melbourne

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