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Global study shows 72% of employees inadequately trained

24 November 2021

COACHHUB PRESENTS the findings of its 2021 Global HR survey, revealing that learning and development programmes need urgent attention to meet the needs of today’s workforce.

At present, only two in five companies adapt their programmes to each individual, with almost half (45%) providing a standardised offering to all workers. Employees themselves are not happy with the current state of play; almost three quarters of those in senior training and development roles (72%) admitted that their staff regret a lack of training and development initiatives. 

The pressure is on for HR and business leaders as 2022 is projected to be a year of growth. The majority of those surveyed (85%) forecast growth in 2022, contrasting predictions on 2021, where 70% of respondents expected growth in 2021.

With growth comes investment; a staggering 92% of respondents believe that training and development budgets will increase in the year ahead, which is an exciting prospect for employees seeking opportunities to flourish in their organisations. 

Breathing new life into people development  

An injection of capital into training and development programmes is a moment for leaders to adapt their approach to the varying demands of the business climate.  

“Currently, organisations do not appreciate the full potential of training and development programmes that are out there. While minor adjustments following widespread remote working were implemented, many solutions were simply digitally-adapted rather than being digital first by design. Today, workers need a more sophisticated, personalized approach.” says Juliane Sterzl, Senior Vice president for EMEA at CoachHub.  

Almost all leaders (97%) believe that it is important to adapt their employee training and development programme to the current business climate. Indeed, according to the same survey, 77% of respondents agree that there is more need to invest in employee training and development following the pandemic and remote working.

Shifting gears to an individualised approach 

The survey results show that 70% of decision makers identify that their employees are interested in a return to face-to-face learning and training following a switch to digital during the pandemic. 

“The large proportion of people longing for face-to-face contact actually signals that we’re craving more human interaction and collaboration than some of the digital tools allow. It’s not about ditching digital development completely, but instead better marrying the convenience and increased accessibility that digital platforms provide, with the real interactions that we once associated with physically meeting with people. This is core to the way we operate at CoachHub,” concludes Sterzl.  

Three quarters of those surveyed admitted that their organisations have struggled with employee burnout and wellbeing in the last 18 months. This is a problem – but not one without solutions. In fact, 93% of decision makers interviewed by CoachHub confirmed that they adjusted their training and development program to fit better with the ‘new normal’. Over half (56%) of leaders surveyed have already implemented individual coaching into their people development, reaping the benefits of re-integrating that personal connection into the workplace. 

The survey was conducted with 2,500 employees in senior training and development roles across organisations in 21 countries worldwide, examining how businesses are adapting their people development strategies in response to the major upheaval of the last 18 months.  

To discover more insights, download the full Global HR Survey and visit CoachHub.com.

 
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