Research from their Learning at work 2023 survey highlights that learning professionals feel they are ‘lacking the capacity to do this’ and that ‘organisations need to make this a priority’. The CIPD assert that, to do this this, organisations need more ‘data and insights on the design of learning’.
Whilst the survey shows that resources for L&D have increased in most organisations, only 59% of professionals say they are confident in their ability to respond to the changing skills needs of their organisations – down from 69% in 2021.
Key findings from the survey report indicate that:
- 88% of respondents agreed that the L&D profession offers a meaningful career.
- 63% of L&D professionals surveyed agree that they work collaboratively across the business to deliver business-critical priorities.
- Over half (52%) of our respondents are innovating in their use of learning technologies and two-thirds successfully use the learning technologies available.
- 25% of L&D professionals who embrace experimentation and digital curiosity are more likely to use AI tools, while 13% plan to use them in the future.
In a parallel study (the LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report 2023), the findings showed that aligning learning programs to business goals is the priority focus for L&D In 2023. However, the report found that evidenced-based practice remains stagnant; with the top five measures of L&D success still being based on ‘vanity’ metrics, rather than business performance metrics.
The LinkedIn report – which surveyed 1,579 L&D and HR professionals worldwide – also found that upskilling employees, creating a culture of learning, and improving employee retention are seen as essential priorities for 2023.
With challenges such as global disruption, skills shortages, and economic uncertainty to tackle, most organisations (83%) cited that they are looking for ways to enhance and develop people-centric cultures to build resilience for the future.
Commenting on the CIPD findings, Andy Lancaster, Head of Learning at CIPD, said:
“Learning professionals need to remain focused on the key drivers and skills underpinning organisational performance and productivity. To provide accessible solutions, L&D teams will need to engage in consultative discussions, leverage data and insights and take an innovative approach.”
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