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Promote Better Alignment for Better Impact

 -  2/26/13

CLOs must evaluate their ability to help the enterprise rebound during the recovery and align their staffs to that goal.

To maximize the overall value of learning and development spending, and to ensure flexibility and capacity for the economic recovery, learning and development organizations must constantly evaluate and reallocate their staff. While the relevance of learning and development has increased steadily since 2006, many enterprises still struggle to find a way to have more impact on organizational objectives.

Every other month, IDC surveys Chief Learning Officer magazine’s Business Intelligence Board (BIB) on a variety of topics to gauge the issues, opportunities and attitudes that are important to senior learning executives. For the last several years, members of the BIB have been asked to provide annual insight into their outlook for the year ahead. This month, IDC compares how CLOs feel about staffing in 2013 to their outlook in recent years.

It’s All About the Money
Learning and development investments increased in 2012 and are expected to increase again this year. While many firms reduced learning budgets between 2008 and 2010 in reaction to the global financial crisis, learning technologies continue to be a priority. Almost 55 percent of CLOs expect their budgets to increase in 2013 and approximately 10 percent expect a decrease.

At the same time, more than two out of three CLOs expect their organizations to develop more custom content, and the same percentage expect their companies will develop new techniques to deliver learning. Therefore, learning organizations continue to expand their roles and are also refocusing attention on learning delivery and content development.

CLOs expect to continue their investment in learning management systems and learning content management systems. While economic conditions are slowly returning to pre-crisis levels and will continue to impact learning budgets, optimism is winning out, and funding appears set to return to 2013 budgets. Competencies, informal learning and instructor-led training (ILT) will remain priorities in learning and development. And, while ILT remains important, the impact of less structured experiences such as informal learning, self-paced learning and mentoring demonstrate an explicit understanding of the role non-classroom experiences have in employee development.

Article Keywords:   alignment   business strategy  


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