By admin • June 28, 2018

8 Ways Learning and Development Will Change in 2018

The speed of adapting

Today, organisations must adapt at higher speeds to match the continuously evolving technological landscape. This is especially true for learning management practices and solutions; software is developing fast and trying to beat out competition. Organisations that fail to keep up with development tend to struggle with growth, productivity and employee satisfaction.

Organisations should be deliberate in their approach to improving learning solutions and must stay up-to-date with the speed at which these solutions are developing. Key trends in 2018 reflect this need for speed and priority to consistently improve training and learning experiences.

Keep it aligned

2018 is the year where organisations should dedicate time to aligning company goals and values with quality LMS solutions.

We suggest that organisations take time to conduct a training needs analysis to identify how to align with the right LMS provider. This way, training plans and learning programs will meet organisational needs and help develop a better workplace.

Stay flexible

With such a saturated market, it is becoming more important for LMS providers to offer unique platforms and access to flexible customisations. Use the new year to align the overall strategy and objectives with the features of the LMS solution.

Mass customisation will be a huge trend for 2018, with organisations and learners expecting a training program that fits the needs of each individual company and that ties in with the predetermined workflows. PowerHouse Hub, for example, offers complete automation and accessibility with its LMS solution.

Measure your measurements

Some of the top challenges of learning and development (L&D) professionals involves the current ineffective measurements of LMS programs; this affects the ability of organisations to identify training impacts on staff and the overall success of the company.

In 2018, a major trend among L&D professionals will be to move beyond current and ineffective measurements, such as satisfaction and engagement, and start developing metrics to better measure workplace applications of content and change in performance.

Mind the gap

Today, some professionals worry about the shelf-life of their skills: digital skills in particular, seem to become outdated at a much faster pace when compared with previous years. Skills maintenance has become a high priority among professionals and it will be a major trend this year to have leaders that are able to provide relevant resources.

The internet offers limitless opportunities in terms of knowledge and L&D professionals must develop technology to ensure learners continually come to them for this advancement.


Along with flexible LMS programs and a continuous advancement of skills, microlearning will be a major trend in 2018. No longer will learners accept one-off programs designed for the masses; learning and development professionals need to design content that maximises the accessibility and easy-digestion of learning.

The rise of autonomy

Autonomy can be a powerful motivator for individuals in the workplace; however, it is often something that many organisations shy away from. Individuals have always been autonomous; learning things on their own and sharing that learning with others. Organisations should recognise this innate desire to be self-determined and work with individuals to create an ideal learning and developing environment. Offering more freedom may seem wrong for organisations; however, it will be a major trend this year and will help show companies the key leadership skills that they encourage in development.

'Control leads to compliance; autonomy leads to engagement' – Daniel Pink

For the people

The emphasis on people skills is going to be major trend this year, as we have discovered a breakdown in communication skills with generations dependent on technology. With so little human contact occurring in business today, it is important to continually develop soft skills in 2018. Collaboration, emotional intelligence, negotiation and other soft skills are becoming rare within the workplace and L&D professionals will need to re-establish training to develop these.

Leverage training

Professional development and organisational training is becoming a competitive edge for companies looking to attract prospective employees. An opportunity for professional and personal development is a major factor for individuals seeking employment and staying with an employer.

By providing learning development, employees are more satisfied and excel within their roles. If attention is not given to employees and continuous learning is not provided, employees may begin to look elsewhere for a company that does. Training can be offered as part of an employee benefits package that also includes retirement, investment, health and wellness options.