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The 2011 State of the Industry: Increased Commitment to Workplace Learning

November 1, 2011 14:00 by Ann Pace

(From T+D magazine) -- The findings of ASTD’s 2011 State of the Industry Report show that organizations are just as committed as ever to learning and development (L&D). ASTD estimates that U.S. organizations spent about $171.5 billion on employee L&D in 2010. This amount includes direct learning expenditures such as the learning function’s staff salaries, administrative learning costs, and nonsalary delivery costs. Sixty percent ($103 billion) of total expenditures were spent on internal expenses and the remaining 40 percent ($68.5 billion) contributed to external expenses.

The 2011 State of the Industry Report data from more than 400 responding organizations across all major industries show that, overall, organizations continue to be committed to the delivery of knowledge and the development of employees at every level. As evidence, they’re investing more in learning and development per employee, maintaining the same number of learning hours, and increasing their expenditure on tuition reimbursement.

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Learning Executives End 2010 with a Surge of Optimism

January 26, 2011 12:06 by Kristen Fyfe

Learning executives ended 2010 confident about the outlook and expectations for the learning function for the first half of 2011, according to the latest measurement by ASTD. The Learning Executives Confidence Index (LXCI) for the fourth quarter of 2010 grew to its highest score on record. The current LXCI surveyed 235 learning executives about their expectations in four areas: impact on corporate performance; ability to meet learning needs; status as a key strategic component; and availability of resources. It is modeled on the CEO Confidence Indices reported by Chief Executive Magazine and The Conference Board.

The ASTD LXCI for the fourth quarter of 2010 was 62.9, an increase of 3.3 points from the third quarter score of 59.6. The third quarter score reflected a slight drop from the upward trend of the index over the course of 2010. The last quarter escalation shows that learning executives (LXs) collectively expect their learning functions to remain the same or improve over the next six months.  After drops at the end of 2008, executive confidence rebounded in the second and third quarters of 2009, plateauing in the fourth quarter and rebounding through 2010. The previous high score of 62.0 for the LXCI was achieved in the second quarter of 2010. The LXCI is measured on a 100-point scale.

Highlights from the LXCI for the fourth quarter of 2010 include:

• The number of LXs who expect increased funding for outsourced or external services continues to increase.
• LXs believe economic conditions will place a stronger emphasis on learning, greater re-use of existing content, and greater reliance on informal learning.
• Nearly 80 percent of LXs anticipate increase in funding for learning and development.
• 86.8 percent of LXs report their industry will remain the same or improve over the next six months, up from 83.2 percent in the third quarter.
• 90.2 percent of LXs anticipate organizational profit will remain the same or improve.

ASTD’s Learning Executives Confidence Index was launched in August 2008 and is designed to assess the outlooks and expectations of learning executives for the next six months.  You can read the full report, on the ASTD Research page: http://www.astd.org/content/research/LXCI.htm.


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Agile Talent Management Is Required During Turbulent Times

November 2, 2010 17:00 by Ann Pace

(From ere.net) -- Many corporate practitioners and HR consultants talk about being more strategic, but then turn around and focus on incremental improvements to strategies, models and practices decades old. When most, if not all, of the practices that form the foundation of the typical HR function today were conceived, times were different. Economic cycles have become more volatile, the nature of work itself has shifted to be more knowledge-oriented, and product life cycles have and continue to shrink. The strategies and approaches to talent management that worked when conditions didn’t change so quickly no longer align with the realities of today.

New strategies and approaches that fundamentally alter how we organize work, resource the organization, and compensate for productivity are needed.

Those new strategies are often referred to as agile strategies because they enable the organizations developing/adopting them to be extremely flexible and adaptable to volatile conditions.

The Need for Agility
I first learned about the need for agility in talent management when a senior manager at Agilent Technologies asked me how our talent management strategy would shift as a result of a competitor opening a 5,000-employee facility directly across the street from ours. Obviously, such an act would encourage an uptick in attrition, but given the level of scarcity for the type of people we employed, it would also affect compensation, recruiting, development, and virtually every other aspect of managing people.

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Learning Executives’ Confidence Stabilizes in 4th Quarter of 2009

January 26, 2010 11:01 by Kristen Fyfe
Learning executives continue to be optimistic about the outlook and expectations for the learning function according to the latest measurement by the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). The Learning Executive Confidence Index (LXCI) for the fourth quarter of 2009 remained stable after significant growth across the second and third quarters. The current LXCI surveyed 271 learning executives about their expectations in four areas: impact on corporate performance; ability to meet learning needs; status as a key strategic component; and availability of resources. It is modeled on the CEO Confidence Indices reported by Chief Executive Magazine and The Conference Board.

Learning executives (LXs) revealed plateauing scores in key indices in the fourth quarter, suggesting a continued sense of optimism in most key areas. The overall LXCI decreased only 0.5 points in the fourth quarter, from 60.7 to 60.2. The LXCI is measured on a 100-point scale. Outsourcing is anticipated to increase, with 25.1 percent of LXs reporting that their utilization of external providers would increase, compared to 24.2 percent in the third quarter of 2009 and 17 percent in the second quarter. The effects of the economy continue to be evident among LXs, as a significant majority indicates the current economic conditions will impact the learning function. Conversely, only a small proportion (9.9 percent) of LXs indicates it will have no impact on the learning function in the next six months.

Other highlights of the LXCI for fourth quarter 2009 include:

• Two of the four major indices (impact on corporate performance and status as a key strategic component) decreased slightly in Q4, while the other two (ability to meet learning needs and availability of resources) registered only minor increases. This pattern highlights that expectations are stabilizing after reaching their highest on record in the third quarter.

• Nearly three-quarters of LXs anticipated funding for workplace learning to increase or remain the same in the next six months, an increase from the third quarter.

• A majority of LXs who anticipated a decrease in their learning expenditures over the next six months predicted an improvement in their organization’s learning and development expenditure from the third quarter of 2011 onwards.

ASTD’s Learning Executive Confidence Index was launched in August 2008 and is designed to assess the outlooks and expectations of learning executives for the next six months.

To find out more about the LXCI, go to http://www.astd.org/content/research/LXCI.htm.

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Learning Executives Gain Confidence

October 20, 2009 09:22 by Kristen Fyfe
Just put out a press release noting the continued gain in confidence of learning executives. For the second quarter in a row, LXs are optimistic about continued growth in the learning function. All the info is in the third quarter Learning Executives Confidence Index. You can read the press release here. Or read the full report here.

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Survey Finds Global Companies Are Moving HR Functions in the Right Direction

August 13, 2009 15:30 by Ann Pace

(BUSINESS WIRE)--As business globalization and cross-border trade and investments have accelerated over the last decade, companies have a more globally dispersed workforce than ever before. According to a new survey by Hewitt Associates, a global human resources consulting and outsourcing company, human resources (HR) departments have made steady progress in their ability to support the shift toward a more global business model and workforce. Yet, for many companies, questions remain on how exactly HR should be aligned from a strategy, organizational and delivery perspective. This issue is even more pressing in the current economic environment, as HR departments are being challenged to improve the effectiveness of their global HR programs and reduce global HR delivery costs.

Hewitt’s survey of 85 global companies, in Latin America, North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe, found that organizations are moving in the right direction to develop global HR strategies that meet the diverse needs of their workforce across businesses and geographies. Almost half (49 percent) of companies indicated that their global HR strategy applies to all of their operating regions—not just their primary location—with most organizations conducting HR activities at a global, regional and local level depending on the process and the business needs. Additionally, HR is leading rather than lagging the business when it comes to moving to a more global focus; 30 percent of companies describe their HR organization design as global compared to 15 percent of companies that describe themselves as global.

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Web 2.0 -- The Latest Trend to Take Over the HR Industry

August 13, 2009 15:30 by Ann Pace

Web 2.0 is taking over the HR industry, and by understanding the basic principles, professionals can increase their productivity and streamline their processes. According to a recent white paper published by Berkshire Associates, Web 2.0 is quickly changing the HR landscape, and for the better.

Berkshire’s latest white paper discusses how HR professionals can take advantage of Web 2.0 technology and move their processes into the next era of on-demand platforms. This free resource shares expert information on everything from the principles of Web 2.0 and wikis, to the intranet and twitter.

According to author, Nicole Yeldell, SPHR, “The future of HR is about accessibility, interaction, and collaboration. Taking your organization to that level means maximizing your technical resources and finding ways to make it work for you."

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Talent strategy must be in place

June 18, 2009 15:00 by Ann Pace

Even at a time of economic uncertainty, talent continues to be a corporate pre-occupation. Chief executives want to be sure they have the best people to lead them through the downturn to eventual recovery. But there is plenty of evidence that talent management is simply not hitting the spot.

Every major survey tells the same story: companies may recognise the business imperative behind talent management, yet few see the returns they want. Dig a little deeper, and you see why.

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