The Workforce Learns 2021 Report | Degreed

Talent Development

LinkedIn’s 2021 Workplace Learning Report notes that upskilling and reskilling is the top priority for L&D pros globally. And, according to BCG’s 2021 research on 32 HR and people practices, upskilling, reskilling, and learning and development ranked #2 in terms of the most significant gaps between current capabilities and future importance. As learning functions address these areas, this 34-page report by Degreed examines the behaviors, values, and assumptions that lead to positive learning and career growth experiences at work. Based on survey results from over 2,400 workers from 15 countries across multiple industries, respondents were divided into two groups: 1) Promoters- those who rated their cultures as positive and 2) Detractors – those who rated it as neutral or negative. Companies with positive learning cultures have four conditions that are present for promoters and absent for detractors: 1) Guidance on what and how to learn 2) Diverse and active development experiences. 3) Feedback and insights on progress. 4) Opportunities to practice, apply, and stretch skills. The report offers 15 actions (e.g., give employees a reason to update skill profiles more regularly) that enable these four areas. One key insight is that instead of focusing on creating and offering more content, L&D teams need to shift their strategies more towards creating these four conditions and 15 practices for continuous learning.

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