Do you know what you get when you put a person from the C-suite, Ops, Sales and Marketing in a room with a topic to discuss?

A podcast! A kick-ass one at that!

That’s exactly what happened when I got Amit Gautam, Amar Pawar and Suneil Kamath to distil their experience and expertise on Learning and Development (L&D) Budgets for UpsideLMS’ debut episode of ‘Let’s Talk Learn-Tech’ podcast. Not only did we unlock our unique perspectives and found converging experiences, but we left the room enriched and well-rounded on our knowledge of the topic. Not to mention the crazy fun we had along the way!

L&D and Budgets

It’s the time of the year most organizations (following the April-March financial year) initiate planning for their next fiscal year (FY).

And L&D is no different. Here’s all the dope you need on the fundamentals of the L&D budget.

However, for most businesses, L&D budgets do little to justify the quantum of efforts needed in digitizing the training function, skilling/ reskilling the employees and getting the business up to speed to the requirements of the dynamic world of work. As per a 2018 Training Industry research, 48% had the same budget as the previous year, 15% had a decrease in budget and only 37% reported an increase in their training budget. A tight budget not only puts pressure on the L&D department to squeeze every ounce of the available resources, but oftentimes compromises on the quality, mode and effectiveness of training too. Not to mention, the ever-pressing need to focus and prove the ROI, which may off-track the key objective training intervention. Here are 5 Key Features to look for in an LMS to boost your ROI and 5 Tips To Maximize ROI Of Your LMS.

This is precisely what we discussed in Balancing Tight L&D Budgets in our debut episode of Let’s Talk Learn-Tech podcast.

Listen to the full episode to learn:

  • If and how the L&D budget impacts the Learning department’s decision-making process
  • If there is causation or a correlation between the budget and the success of the training program
  • If budget-allocation differs across industries or geographies? Or is it hinged on the L&D maturity of the company alone
  • How L&D practitioners can balance the tight L&D budget to achieve their objectives and goals

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With over 13+ years of work experience in marketing and corporate communications, Pranjalee heads the Marketing function; planning, strategizing and executing marketing campaigns, product releases, and strategic and tactical marketing activities. An advocate of inbound marketing, she demonstrates expertise in creative copy writing, integrated marketing communications and digital marketing. Prior to this, Pranjalee has worked for some of the leading ad agencies in Pune in various capacities and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering and Master’s in Business Management. She is deeply influenced by Typography and holds keen interest in advertising, media and communication.
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