HR Tech Update: The platforms behind the latest L&D trends

HR TECHNOLOGY: Too many skills that were valuable just five years ago will become obsolete in the transformed workplace.

The shifting tides naturally create pain points for technology players to fill, while providers from startups to established companies are rushing to become that one "go-to" platform, leading to a drastic boom in learning and development technology.

Learning and development initiatives for 2023 and beyond will have a key focus on one or more of the following four tech-driven concepts:

1. Accessible information through microlearning

Two to five minutes of learning fits easily into a busy workday and helps to improve focus and long-term retention by up to 80%. Some platforms that may help with microlearning include:

Disprz may have some software quirks to fix, but they make up for it by constantly experimenting on new ways to create a more engaging learning experience.

Powtoon allows users to create animated videos. There is a huge variety of features, though this also means there is a steep learning curve for beginners.

2. Tracking skill gaps and reskill your employees

Creating a future-proof and adaptable organisation requires learning and development practitioners to identify skill gaps within the company before they become a fatal flaw. Both if these platforms allow organisations to reskill current employees to suit future objectives.

JobKred banks on artificial intelligence in its goal of supporting career development. The system assesses publicly available labour market information and feeds it through a data analytics tool that tracks how individual companies compare.

Epitome Global is a mobile-focused platform that utilises artificial intelligence to help create flexible learning modules, touting its talent analytics to offer personalised learning at the employee’s pace.

3. Building a knowledge sharing ecosystem

Over time, employees build a healthy collection of best-practices and useful information that unfortunately stays with them when they leave. Being able to share nuggets of wisdom across an organisation could supercharge adaptability and future-oriented thinking.

With ArcLab’s quiz-based system, teachers can offer more engaging courses through interactivity. Once the hard work of building the course is done, the system will run automatically, allowing for scalable training.

Enabley is a learning management system for corporations. It allows organisations to identify knowledge gaps, allowing trainers to build courses in a variety of digital formats geared towards hybrid or remote work.

4. Taking care of employees’ emotional wellbeing

Global trends have shifted towards prioritising employees’ emotional wellbeing. While the results might not be obvious at first, happy employees can save costs through reduced healthcare costs, decreased absenteeism, and most importantly, creating value through productivity and heightened creativity.

Joye is a mental health-focused platform geared towards corporations. They analyse work patterns to provide a personalised day-to-day plan for each employee. Their features include two minute breathing techniques when it senses that employees are stressed.

This mobile-focused platform goes against the usual corporation culture and may be difficult to implement and a hard sell for many organisations. If it’s a right fit however, it can track how employees cope with day-to-day stresses and tasks to achieve personal goals.

The HR profession is now seeing the learning and development space jump decades forward in just a matter of months. There’s no real guideline for this as it is an evolving market and there is no one ideal platform.

But the best employers are poised to take on changing trends, and will be the ones who understand where they stand, so they can decide which platforms will suit their needs.

HR Tech Update, by Chief of Staff Asia's Technology Editor Ellia Pikri, appears every Thursday from 6:00am.

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