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Top 9 Workplace Training & Development Trends
that you cannot Ignore in 2024

written by Asma A. Shaikh March 21, 2024

As an entrepreneur in the L&D space, staying ahead of the curve is always essential for me. This means keeping a finger on the pulse of workplace training and development trends is not just a task for a specific time of year, it is a constant need.

Moreover, if we consider the insights from 2024’s LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report about AI revolutionizing learning dynamics, it is clear that us L&D folks will assume an even bigger role in the learning landscape.

So here I am, about three months into 2024, taking a vibe check of the current training and development trends to ensure that we are in tune with the latest shifts in learning technology, employee expectations and industry best practices.

Sharing my list here:

1. Personalized Learning

A one-size-fits-all training has been passe since long now. When it comes to organizational learning, every learner (or at best every team) has their own unique learning needs. This is why an element like personalized learning never goes out of trend!

In 2024, personalized learning experiences will continue to be anchored in AI-driven technology where learner autonomy and a keen attention to individual employee needs will take front-seat.

By analyzing data on learner preferences and progress, adaptive technology can create tailored learning paths. This means learners will receive content that is relevant, challenging and suited to their specific learning styles and pace of learning.

For instance, someone in sales can use an LXP to access personalized modules that focus on negotiation techniques, while someone else in customer success could receive recommendations for modules centred around effective communication skills.

2. AI-Driven Learning Platforms

In 2023, AI, particularly generative AI, saw widespread adoption across various sectors. This trend will, needless to say, continue into 2024 as organizations embrace AI-powered learning environments and platforms. A Gartner report says that by 2024, up to 40% of companies will incorporate Natural Language Processing (NLP) and generative AI into various areas of their operations, including employee training.

The idea is to personalize training content, automate processes and offer continuous feedback to learners throughout their courses. AI-powered learning platforms will continue to enhance engagement and improve information retention by tailoring learning paths to each learner’s preferences and knowledge level.

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3. Hybrid Learning Models

In 2024, the L&D landscape will witness a more evolved shift to accommodate the demands of the hybrid work model. With a workforce divided between physical and remote locations, training solutions will need to be adaptable and inclusive. This evolution will manifest in several key trends.

Firstly, expect to see a rise in hybrid blended learning approaches. These strategies will seamlessly combine e-learning modules with in-person sessions, providing employees with a flexible and engaging learning experience regardless of their location.

Additionally, interactive online platforms will play a crucial role in bridging the physical gap between employees. By leveraging collaboration tools and live streaming technology, organizations can facilitate interaction and knowledge sharing in virtual environments, ensuring that remote employees remain connected and engaged.

4. Mobile First and Microlearning

A mobile-first approach is now a must-have to enable learners to access training content at their convenience, regardless of location and time. In 2024, it will all be about learning platforms like LXP and LMS facilitating an uninterrupted learning experience across devices with real-time data synchronization between desktop and mobile. The platforms will help learners effortlessly transition between devices, ensuring a seamless continuation of their learning journey without any disruptions or loss of progress.

Likewise, microlearning that involves delivering crisp, focused learning modules will continue to find more L&D takers in 2024. These compact bursts of information that are designed for fast consumption, align with the preferences of modern professionals with smaller attention spans, as they fit into their busy schedules and are apt for on-the-go learning.

Moreover, mobile learning and microlearning will continue to seamlessly complement each other, leveraging the optimal platform provided by mobile devices for the delivery of microlearning content.

5. Data-Backed Decision-Making

In this year, learning analytics in LMS and LXP platforms will play a key role offering valuable insights into the performance and engagement of learners in training programs. By analyzing data, L&D teams will be able to identify areas for improvement, tailor learning experiences and assess the effectiveness of their training initiatives.

For example, analyzing data from online assessments can reveal specific knowledge gaps among employees. This will help L&D teams to customize content or offer additional training resources, effectively addressing the identified gaps.

6. Soft Skills Emphasis

In 2024, a prominent training and development trend will be a growing emphasis on soft skills alongside technical competencies. Employers are recognizing the significance of skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking and emotional intelligence in navigating the complexities of the hybrid work environment.

These skills are increasingly viewed as essential for success and are frequently identified as key differentiators in the job market. In line with the findings of the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs 2023, which projected soft skills to be the most sought-after skills by 2025, L&D programs will increasingly prioritize the development of these critical competencies to meet the evolving demands of the workforce.

7. Accessibility & Inclusivity

Accessibility and Inclusivity are emerging as prominent training and development trends, shining the spotlight on equitable learning opportunities. There is now more narrative around the importance of accommodating diverse needs and backgrounds. L&D teams need to prioritize initiatives to ensure that training programs are accessible to everyone, regardless of physical abilities, learning styles or socio-economic status.

This means focussing on measures, including the integration of assistive technologies, offering alternative formats for content delivery and implementing inclusive design principles. By embracing accessibility and inclusivity, L&D teams can build a stronger culture of belonging while enhancing employee engagement.

8. Gamification for Engagement

Gamification has been a transformative trend in corporate learning and will continue to dominate 2024 as well. By integrating game elements like badges, leaderboards and rewards into the learning process, L&D can elevate engagement and motivation among learners.

An LMS or LXP with gamification encourages learners to set goals, monitor their progress, and engage in friendly competition with peers, fostering a sense of achievement and satisfaction. Gamification also helps replicate real-life scenarios, enabling learners to apply their knowledge and skills in practical contexts. This trend is particularly helpful in skill-based training, where learners can hone their abilities through interactive simulations and virtual environments.

Besides, interactive learning means L&D teams can not only add a fun element to the training but also elicit active participation from learners.

9. Remote Work Skills Training

Remote work skills training is another key trend in training and development and a stark reflection of the continued evolution of the modern workplace. With remote work still prevalent in many workplaces, prioritizing initiatives to equip employees with the skills necessary to thrive in virtual environments is important.

The onus is on L&D teams to manage a wide range of competencies, including effective communication in virtual settings, digital collaboration, time management and remote team leadership.

By investing in remote work skills training, organizations can empower their workforce to adapt to the changing work landscape while increasing productivity and maintaining high levels of performance, regardless of physical location.

Wrapping Up

In 2024, businesses will face a landscape marked by change, necessitating adaptation and innovation in workforce training and development.

Cutting-edge AI-driven learning platforms will continue to provide comprehensive solutions for employee training, becoming indispensable tools to effectively train the workforce.

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Asma A. Shaikh

As the Co-founder and Managing Director at Enthral, Asma plays a pivotal role in the company’s mission to facilitate digital learning transformations across global enterprises. An expert in Solutioning, Operations Management, Business Development and Business Relationship Management, she leads Enthral’s Sales, Operations and Customer Success teams. Through her 23+ years of experience in the learning domain, Asma has held leadership roles at several prominent ed tech companies. Prior to founding Enthral in 2009, Asma spearheaded the development of custom eLearning solutions, directed large teams and managed enterprise accounts based out of North America. Asma has a degree in Management from Symbiosis, Pune and is a Certificate holder as a Professional in Learning and Performance from the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).

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