Top Four Training Trends for 2023

Top Four Training Trends for 2023

It’s January and time again for all of the “Yearly Trends” blogs and articles.  From our corner of the world here at Orgwide, we see many new and exciting trends surfacing in 2023 and some “back to the basics” trends that will inspire the most inspired L&D leaders to evaluate their offerings and make adjustments in the year ahead.  So, without further ado, here are Orgwide’s Top Four Training Trends for 2023.

  1. Hybrid Work is Here to Stay – What started during the pandemic has grown into the culture for many industries and organizations.  Work from home sometimes, work from the office sometimes… Work from anywhere!  Training has to not only adapt to this new work-style – but in many ways enable it!  Training leaders must help build the skills to MANAGE and LEAD in a hybrid work environment.
  2. On-Boarding is More Important than Ever – How many restaurants do you know that are “permanently closed on Mondays” due to lack of staff?  How often do you have service providers apologize for the poor service you are receiving because they were “short-staffed.”  In today’s employment climate, on-boarding programs need to start BEFORE day 1 to ensure the new employees actually start. And beginning on day one, the program must train new hires to become both productive and engaged FAST.  Training Leaders will evaluate all on-boarding programs to be sure that every new hire feels encouraged and engaged with the organization – even before day 1! 
  3. Training Metrics Matter – Depending upon which financial pundit you listen to; a recession is either in place or coming soon.  When economic times get tough, training gets cut.  That’s just a fact.  Training Leaders should know their success metrics and which business problems their programs are reducing or eliminating.  These are the details to keep a program from landing on the chopping block!
  4. The Gen Z Factor – According to Beresford Research, Gen Z are those born between the years 1997 through 2012 and currently make up 30% of the world’s population and are expected to account for 27% of the workforce by 2025.  Gone are the days of linear development plans and vertical career ladders – Gen Z values flexibility, work/life balance, and protecting the environment.  Training Leaders had better learn how to speak “Gen Z” and ensure their programing emphasizes these values – and in a hurry – or risk alienating the largest demographic to hit the workplace since the Baby Boomers!

So, there you have it – Top four training trends for 2023 and how they can, and will, impact the training department near you.  What trends do YOU see coming to Learning and Development in 2023?  Drop me a note and let me know what you think! 

Author: Jim Hartigan, Managing Partner – Orgwide