Employee Learning and Development Trends 2018

As 2018 comes to a close, business leaders are always on the lookout for new and better things in learning and development. With new business programmes, training managers can now take advantage of the effectiveness of new methods of imparting knowledge to employees.

There is plenty of discussion about new training programmes, such as machine learning and predictive analytics. Also, advanced technologies, which are poised to redefine industrial training methods are on their way. So, here are some training trends that have been of great use to employers in 2018.

Virtual Learning

Business training methods are fast moving into a virtual modality. As technological advances catch up with industrial training methods, multi-person webinars are now a norm in business education, as they are less disruptive, cost-effective, and practical.


Micro-learning has been used for a couple of years, but some employers are reluctant to embrace this simple, yet effective training method. Micro-learning is an approach that places a critical emphasis on dividing training programmes into small chunks, that are easy to understand. The concept of micro-learning is quite interesting, and its high time all employers got on board.

Mobile Adoption

Mobile-based training serves to make use of the fact that our smartphones are always at our sides. Training targeting millennials, who spend most of their time with their handhelds, can be offered using mobiles. This method of training goes a long way in curating the learning process. Interestingly, modern workplace learners greatly welcome the opportunity to learn via mobile modality. As this happens, businesses will soon make smartphones an essential requirement in the workplace.

2018 has been characterised by some dynamics in employee learning. While machine learning and predictive analytics keep coming, it is evident that they won’t go mainstream in 2018. For now, you only have to keep your eyes open to newer and better training methods, that will refine your learning and development programs.