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Why Employee Learning Week?

December 9, 2011 11:30 by Kristen Fyfe

ASTD's Employee Learning Week was created as an initiative to raise awareness about the value of employee learning and development and the important role L&D professionals play in organizations.

Today marks the last day of Employee Learning Week 2011, but we know it's not the last day of employee learning!

Employee learning is something that happens every day in big ways and small ways. It happens in formal settings and office hallways. It happens via desktop computers, laptops, and mobile devices. It happens whenever someone has a question that needs to be answered.

Employee learning and development helps create the highly skilled workforce that is critical to driving growth for organizations.

Tony Bingham, ASTD's President and CEO recently said this to a gathering of learning professionals in Brazil:

"It is our people who will create and implement innovative ideas, and form sustainable enterprises throughout the world. In today’s knowledge economy, people are the key differentiator. The best and most strategic leaders make sure they have the right people with the right skills in the right place. And they also make sure they have smart learning and development professionals on board aligning talent to meet the organization’s goals. These are challenging and exciting times for our profession!"

To all the learning professionals out there - Happy Employee Learning Week! And thank you for your commitment to creating a world that works better!


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