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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Personal development tops New Year’s resolutions list, survey finds

The most popular New Year's resolutions for L&D practitioners this year are to develop their personal skills and to offer more e-learning.

That was the key finding in research from video-based learning content providers Video Arts, who surveyed 120 L&D practitioners about the New Year's resolutions they had made for their organisations.

The research revealed that 48 per cent would like to offer more e-learning courses; 45 per cent would like to use more technology for training and 40 per cent would like to train more people.  Nearly 30 per cent said they wanted to better manage their return on investment from training; 20 per cent want to try out mobile learning; 13 per cent would like to find more budget; 13 per cent want to undertake more classroom training and 10 per cent would like to introduce a new learning management system. Others plan to increase on-the-job training, create bespoke learning solutions and improve the way they measure behavioural change.

The survey also asked the L&D professionals about their personal new year's resolutions. Nearly two-thirds said they want to develop their own skills in 2013; 38 per cent intend to be more organised; 29 per cent would like to manage their stress better; 18 per cent would like to feel more motivated and 15 per cent said they'd like to find another job.

Martin Addison, CEO of Video Arts, said: "2013 promises to be a busy year for L&D, as the common theme from our survey is that practitioners are keen to do more.

"The findings also give a sense of the difficulty of the L&D role. Some practitioners clearly feel under pressure to perform, as managing their own stress, motivating themselves and even finding another job all feature strongly as resolutions. The fact that three out of five trainers want to enhance their own skills could either reflect an admirable passion for continuous improvement or it may mean that, with the pace of change in L&D, some trainers feel underdeveloped or even ill-equipped in their current role."

The growing conviction that e-learning can help organisations to provide cost effective training, shown in the organisational resolutions, was also evident in a wider industry survey conducted by Video Arts in October 2012. This showed that 79 per cent of organisations have implemented e-learning and that 51 per cent of them use it to provide soft skills development.

"There was a time when e-learning was almost the poor relation in the learning mix, with many L&D practitioners claiming that it held little appeal. That's definitely changed now. With the availability of media-rich courses and better IT support, e-learning has established itself as L&D's tool of choice and it's really starting to show its value," Addison concluded. 


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