Events of the past year have created numerous obstacles for organizations to navigate, including the shift to remote and hybrid work, the rapid acceleration of digital transformation, and a widening technical skills gap. As companies seek to reinvent themselves, improve the overall health of their business, and motivate staff, they are placing an increased emphasis on employee development.
New research from corporate digital learning firm Skillsoft explores the top challenges and opportunities facing today’s workforce, as well as trends in learning and development and the role it plays in transforming organizations and employees.
The firm’s new Lean Into Learning: 2021 Annual Learning Report, with research partner IDG, found that 83 percent of decision makers are making training and development a critical priority.
“The nature of work – and consequently the nature of the workforce—has evolved at a rapid pace.
Digital transformation, a global pandemic, and a changing workforce have caused companies to rethink how they conduct business and the talent required to innovate, meet customer needs, and exceed employees’ expectations,” said Jeffrey R. Tarr, chief executive officer at Skillsoft, in a news release. “Where there is change there is opportunity, and this disruption is driving workplace reinvention and a heightened need for learning. Competency is the new currency, and by creating cultures of learning and development where every team member has access to the tools needed to develop new skills and succeed, employees and businesses alike can achieve their full potential.”
In 2021, the firm observed strong growth in total hours of learning consumption across Compliance (120 percent increase), Technology & Developer (36 percent increase), and Leadership & Business (30 percent increase) on its Percipio platform. Amidst a highly disruptive year for cyberattacks, Skillsoft also saw a 30 percent increase in consumption of Percipio security-related content. In analyzing the 20 most popular topics across all disciplines, IT and technology-related subjects comprise 40 percent of the list, with security courses holding two of the top three spots. Additionally, nearly half of the list comprises power skills such as communication and understanding unconscious bias.
With businesses prioritizing building future-fit, resilient teams, the report highlights a 55 percent year-over-year increase in the number of learners on the Skillsoft Percipio platform and a 45 percent increase in total hours of Percipio learning consumption in 2021.