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This year, 2020, has been very eventful. In a matter of a few months, organizations and entire industries have changed their workstyle due to the COVID19 pandemic. The situation has, however, eased down now, but its impact is here to stay. As we are nearing the year-end, let us look forward to what the future holds for corporate training. It will obviously be technology-driven, but let us take a deeper look.

Some of The Emerging Corporate Training Trends

At VitalSmarts, we speculate that the training will be dominated by the latest technologies, which can seamlessly blend into the flow of work. Compartmentalized training can be replaced by on-the-job training with immediate application, as it is emerging as a major trend. This makes sense, considering how employees are living out in the world. Every person is connected through their smartphones and other devices, because of which many aspects of our lives are now more interlinked than ever before. Future corporate training will focus on integrated training opportunities, with microlearning leading the way.

Future Trends of Corporate Learning

• Geofencing: This is a very convenient emerging trend in training and development (L&D). Geofencing delivers bits of job-related training and development just when you need it, on your smartphone or any other device.

Walking onto a job site this Monday morning? You will be alerted to any changes in the regulation that may have occurred over the weekend with geofencing. This technology uses your location to provide you with the information you need to get the job done.

• Adaptive content delivery: Having artificially intelligent content delivery that adapts to your employee’s corporate training needs is quickly emerging as a way to individualize and personalize training. This type of training predicts the behavior of the learner to keep the training interesting, relevant, and fresh.

• Soft skills training: This is not exactly an emerging trend since, by now, most organizations have realized its importance. However, if you are one of those people who scoff at the idea of training focused on soft skills, then you need to reexamine that belief. According to The Stanford Research Institute International and the Carnegie Mellon Foundation, it has been found that 75% of an individual’s long-term job success depends on his mastery of soft skills, and only 25% depends on his technical skills. Research from LinkedIn also identified soft skills as the number one training priority for the CEOs. This skill seems to be the future of corporate training.

• Microlearning: This trend will be a huge part of the future of corporate training. Microlearning provides learners with easily digestible bites of instruction or information that they can immediately apply to a task or project.

The trend of microlearning will not be slowing down or going anywhere anytime soon.

Many of these trends are already in use, but the way businesses have been heavily investing in technology, we can see these trends becoming huge next year.