LinkedIn shares workplace learning insights from L&D professionals, learners

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LinkedIn has published its latest Workplace Learning Report. With responses from nearly 2,100 learning and development professionals and learners, it offers new insights to learning and upskilling trends. It also hints on how businesses must plan on the developments.

Here are a few keynotes from the report.

Top L&D Skills

LinkedIn found Resilience and Adaptability as the top learning and development skill.

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Professionals adapted to the pandemic. The shift to Work from Home setup influenced the list above.

WFH increased our need for digital connectivity. So, the need for digital literacy came into focus as well.

Digital literacy has become part of some countries’ general education courses. It has turned into a critical skill for youngsters to learn and adapt.

Top L&D Areas of Focus

LinkedIn also saw Upskilling and Reskilling as the top focus area for learning and development programs.

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Many people had to change focus and find new roles. The COVID-19 pandemic saw workers upskilling and/or reskilling. 

LinkedIn’s report found that employees who shifted roles came from completely different career paths, rather than related roles to their previous jobs.

“An analysis by LinkedIn’s data science team conducted for the World Economic Forum showed that many employees who have moved into “emerging roles” over the past five years came from entirely different occupations. For example, half of the employees who moved into data science and artificial intelligence (AI) roles were coming from unrelated industries. That number jumps when we look at engineering roles (67%), content roles (72%), and sales (75%). What’s even more interesting is that the people who transitioned into data and AI had the largest variation in skill profiles, with half of them possessing skills with low similarity,” says LinkedIn. 

Virtual Onboarding is another key focus. The WFH shift also reflects here, suggesting that it will stay for the long haul, even after the pandemic.

Online Training against ILT

With almost all transactions going online, the trend is shifting away from instructor-led training (ILT) towards self-paced online courses.

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Organizations are leaning to variable working arrangements. It adds more flexibility and ensures they have the best employees anytime, anywhere.

LinkedIn also found that younger employees are more inclined to learn for career development.

“Gen Z learners will spend time learning if it can help them perform well in their current jobs (69%), build the skills needed to work in a different function (47%), or find new roles internally (hello, internal mobility) — more than any other generation in the workforce. And, over three-quarters (76%) of Gen Z employees believe that learning is the key to a successful career,” adds LinkedIn.

Group learning has also skyrocketed due to the pandemic.

“For example, there’s been a 1,100% increase in people joining Learning Groups, with joins from younger generations much higher than their older colleagues. There was also a 225% increase in courses shared with a learner’s professional network, and a 121% increase in activity,” explains LinkedIn.

If you are in HR, download the full report and consider LinkedIn’s findings. It may help you devise a better strategy for learning and development courses. It positions your company better for these shifts.

Download the LinkedIn Learning 2021 Workplace Learning Report here.


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Author: Francis Rey

Francis is a voracious reader and prolific writer. He has been writing about social media and technology for more than 10 years. During off hours, he relishes moments with his wife and daughter.

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