6 Impactful Learning and Development Trends

To stay ahead of the competitors and other companies, HR managers and organizations are promoting emerging and impactful learning and development trends. It is essential for human resource professionals and managers to design learning and development strategy in such a way that it can help their workforce in developing skills and remain productive at work. Human capital is one of the greatest assets and to keep them productive and motivated at work, it is vital for business organizations to include the impactful trends in their learning and development program.

With continuous advances and technological changes, it is crucial for the organizations and the firms to adopt the evolving trends that can help drive the overall performance of their business. Following are some of the most impactful learning and development trends that you must choose in 2019. Adopt the below-mentioned trends and create the most-effective training program for your corporate employees:


E-learning is a trend that will continue to grow in the coming years. E-learning is a learning system and electronic sources such as computers, and the Internet is used to do this type of training. The best part about this is that one can do it from anywhere. There is no need to travel to the workplace. It reduces the need for classroom-based training activities. It is very cost-effective as employers can get the training at their convenience using their smartphones, tablet, or laptops.

This type of training is best suited for providing compliance training. It is flexible, as well as cheap. The best thing is that it is a growing phenomenon. Therefore, we can say that it will be worth it if you include this as a part of your training program.

Personalized Training

Personalized training or personalized learning is a training program which focuses on customizing the learning plans and adjusting the approach according to the need, skills, and interests of each employee. Personalization has now become a trend as every employee has a different skill set and needs. Therefore, it is essential to train each employee differently based on their problem areas or areas in which they need any improvement.

Personalized training can be ten times more effective than the traditional formats as it targets and focuses on the particular needs of each employee. The HR directors and managers should consider employee’s experience, strengths, and weaknesses, areas where they need improvement, their interests, and their fluency with the technology while creating and strategizing a personalized corporate training.

Gamification of training

Gamification is the simple process of applying gaming concepts in training sessions for learning purposes. It is done to increase the engagement and make it more exciting for the learner. It is becoming more and more popular these days. Therefore, it is crucial to introduce gamification in HR. It can be used in training programs as well as for recruitment purposes.

More prominent brands such as Accenture are also using gamification for learning and training purposes. They are using the process to achieve their targets and objectives of knowledge management. By using gamification, they are improving employee management and are also able to enhance the productivity of employees at work.

Gamification inside the workplace is a fun way that promotes and improves the engagement of the employees. According to a study titled, ‘Gamification 2020 report’ by Garner, when combined with other emerging and evolving trends and technologies, gamification will create a positive impact on the employee performance, innovation, and management.

Embrace Artificial intelligence and machine learning

Artificial Intelligence, also known as Machine learning, is the science of building machines and computers that can perform human-like tasks and can solve the problems the way humans do.

Artificial Intelligence or AI has many applications in today’s world. Both businesses, as well as clients, are using AI. The different sectors are using it for various purposes. The advantage of using AI is that it reduces the time taken to perform a task and increases productivity at work. From business organizations to our daily lives, the use of AI is increasing day by day. AI can be beneficial in providing recommendations and can also help in sorting the relevant learning materials.

AI can also help in achieving personalization training and making it more effective. Therefore, in 2019, it’s time to embrace the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in learning and development training and program strategies.

Soft Skills

Soft skills are personal traits and attributes. These are not job-specific skills. However, these skills create a considerable difference in the work environment. While hard skills are essential and must-have, one can never deny the importance of soft-skills. These are equally important.

Soft skills are a combination of personality traits, social skills, communication skills, social intelligence skills, and other interpersonal skills. Soft skills are increasingly becoming more critical as they can have a direct impact on the work culture of an organization. Developing soft skills of the employees will benefit the company and will also help in maintaining good and healthy employee relations. You should plan training activities that can help in improving the soft skills of the employees.

Digital Skills

Digitization is taking all over the world, and it is crucial to include training that can help in enhancing the digital skills of the employees. The digital world is dynamic and keeps on changing every day. Therefore, the training program should aim to update the employees with essential digital skills. Help your employees learn and adopt new technologies and software. Digital literacy is becoming a requirement these days. Therefore, focus on enhancing the digital skills of the employees.

The above trends are some of the most impactful trends that will rule not only in 2019 but also in the upcoming years. Adopt them and incorporate these learning and development trends in your training programs and enhance employee management at your workplace. Customize and focus on personalization. But, also keep a check on the performance of each employee.

Author bio:  Haifa Aboobacker
Haifa is a growth assistant at  AirTract.Com, a social platform in which people ask any questions, get answers, read articles, share knowledge and experience.

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Bryant Nielson is heavily involved in the Corporate Training and Leadership and Talent space. He currently is the Managing Director for CapitalWave Inc and the training division, Financial Training Solutions. He brings a diverse corporate experience of organizational development, learning and talent development, and corporate training, that also includes personal coaching of top sales individuals and companies of all sizes. For the prior 4 years, Bryant was the Managing Director and Leadership and Talent Manager for Lengthen Your Stride! LLC. In this position, Nielson was the developer of all of the courses for MortgageMae University (MMU), the Realtor Development Center (RDC), and of Lengthen Your Stride! (LYS). In that position, he developed material, refined over many years of use and active training, and condensed the coursework and training to be high impact, natural learning, and comprehensive. Bryant has over 27 years of Senior Management experience encompasses running his own Training and mortgage firm, in New York City. He strongly believes that the corporate training is not to be static but should 'engage and inspire' students to greater productivity and performance.