Lack of time, workload driving employees from training

SINGAPORE: The National Trades Union Congress' State of Workplace Learning Report 2022, has found that 78% of employees say their organisation offers training for upskilling and reskilling.

However, one in four of them say that they have not enrolled or attended any of the training programs in the past year due to lack of time (52%) and heavy workloads (45%).

While companies prioritise upskilling and reskilling their employees to stay competitive in a rapidly shifting work environment, employee sentiment towards its importance has dipped, from 99% in 2021, to 81% in 2022.

Employees are also less inclined to report that their organisation offers training. In 2021, 85% said they would do so, while in 2022 this figure slipped to 78%.

Aslam Sardar, CEO at the Institute for HR Professionals, said the findings came as no surprise, given the disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Employees are still learning how to overcome the challenge of wearing multiple hats and juggling different work expectations at the same time," Sardar said.

"This gives rise to a situation where learning and development takes a backseat, and employees find difficulties in devoting time towards upskilling."

Meanwhile, Sean Lim, NTUC LearningHub’s Chief HR Officer said the adoption of new ways of learning, such as blended learning, and bite-sized learning could be adopted to complement work commitments.

"This allows employers to take a practical approach in learning and development, while allowing employees to learn more effectively and comfortably", Lim said.

"Employees can also bring real-world projects to training lessons, so that whatever studied in real-time can be applied back to the workplace."

These methods can shorten the application loop and help make lessons more applicable to real workplace situations.

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