How learning & development programs are the secret sauce to business & company-wide success

As part of our Learning Unlocked webinar series, we sat down with global changemakers and experts to evaluate some of the most critical challenges affecting an organization’s learning and development objectives. Scroll to the bottom to watch those free discussions. 

Businesses and individuals across the globe are facing unprecedented challenges, while feeling the pressure of continuous high performance expectations. Here are just some of the topics that are top-of-mind for our customers lately:

  • Upskilling or reskilling workers.
  • Adapting and embracing digital trends.
  • Address rapidly developing cultural shifts.
  • Creating health & wellness initiatives.

It can feel overwhelming thinking about all of them. Heck, just writing them out feels overwhelming right now.

Believe it or not, there’s a solution that’s been staring us in the face: education. Learning and development programs have been around for what seems like ages, but companies, no matter what shape, size, or location have struggled utilizing them in an effective way to achieve their goals and objectives. According to a Brandon Hall study, only 40% of organizations have L&D programs that are even aligned with their business goals. And since we know that goals and priorities are shifting all of the time, even organizations who have found success, find themselves making adjustments on the fly.

So how can the other 60% obtain that alignment? It all starts with building a culture of learning. From there, you can establish objectives around your challenges, develop a strategy, and then create a program that is both easy to administer and use, can be personalized to engage your learners, and is equitably accessible to everyone.

Sounds easy, right? Here are some quick tips to help you get started:

  • Choose your learning environment. Examine the type of workforce you have and see if they would benefit from a blended or hybrid learning environment or one that is completely virtual.
  • Understand what works and what doesn’t. Take a minute to learn more about the cutting-edge best practices that positively impact corporate culture and why most organizations fail in their efforts to change culture.
  • Lean on the experts. There are so many knowledgeable people available to help you and your learners thrive – with resources that help put together programs in a snap.

And with that in mind, here are two such experts who can provide critical insight on how you can build or strengthen your learning and development programs and initiatives. Former Senior Vice President and Global Chief Learning Officer for McDonald’s Corporation, Rob Lauber, And author, i4cp CEO and co-founder Kevin Oakes. We sat down with each of them for in-depth conversations, as part of our Learning Unlocked webinar series.