It’s an understatement to say that the role of Learning and Development (L&D) has changed drastically since 2020. While it had already fortified itself as an essential part of organizational success, the pandemic reiterated its importance.

The 2021 Workplace Learning Report has pointed out that L&D has retained its strategic position in organizations globally and has acquired a seat at the executive table. And for good reason!

To begin with, L&D programs create a conducive learning environment for employees right from the time they enter the organization. This is important in remote working, especially in areas like onboarding. Remote onboarding offers agile solutions that are easily scalable and replicable that can help new hires fit into their role in a much better manner. The current digital format ensures that you can reproduce this training for several individuals to ensure that all new recruits have access to the same information and resources.

Secondly, L&D programs play a key role in bolstering leadership across all levels of the organization. Considering the agility, cost effectiveness, and simplicity of today’s L&D programs, it’s easier to execute solutions that are beneficial to employees at different levels in the organization.

So while leadership development and remote onboarding are some of the most essential outcomes of strong L&D programs, they are not the only benefits. There are many more. If your organization is looking at creating a new L&D program or renewing the existing one, we have got you some fresh perspectives to consider on how you can plan and implement learning initiatives for 2021 and beyond.

  • Improving Employee Engagement

Employee engagement and motivation are key elements for the development of any organization. Lack of engagement within employees can cost businesses dearly. Good training and development programs can boost employee engagement strategies by nurturing talent and helping people learn new things to improve their performance. Also, when employees feel that the organization is investing in their development, it leads to a certain amount of loyalty among them and motivates them to put their best foot forward to meet organizational goals.

  • Attracting and Retaining Talent

In competitive markets, the best candidates prefer to work with employers who are keen to invest in their employees’ career development. Millennials as well as Gen Z are eager to learn and grow in their careers. With the help of a strong L&D program, you can show prospective hires as well as veteran employees that you care about their development and are investing in their learning.

  • Strengthening Organizational Future

Covid has taught us that the best way to deal with change and disruptions is to be prepared to adapt. Strong L&D programs are pathways to ensure that companies can stay agile and be ready for future changes. They are critical to future-proof employees and help them develop resilience. Luckily, the recent shift to remote work has meant that content can be adapted for virtual environments more easily and can be scaled up in a cost-effective manner.

  •   Addressing Skills Gaps

While there may have been skills gaps in the workforce in the past as well, remote work has made them more glaring by widening the chasm. Many companies have had little time to address and remedy the gaps in hard skills as well as soft skills. An L&D program can target these gaps and create a setting that fosters continuous learning, which in turn increases knowledge and competence among employees.

In Conclusion

As we progress further into 2021, it is becoming increasingly clear why solid L&D programs are the table stakes for most industries. Fortunately, given the current remote nature of work, it is easier to create replicable and cost-effective programs that can yield good results across the organization.

Author