2024 came around rather quickly. Where has the time flown? And what does this new year have in store for us busy learning and development bees? With a little sprinkle of expert advice and a crystal ball (most likely a repurposed snow globe), we endeavour to take a sneaky peak into the future. We have asked our most popular writers of 2023 to give us their key predictions for 2024 on what lies ahead. They share what they believe will be crucial areas for L&D in the months to come, where potential kinks in the road might arise, and where L&D professionals might best invest their time…
Prediction 1: 2024 will be the year L&D professionals focus on their inner gameLaura Overton, Founder of Learning Changemakers 88% of those in L&D believe that our work is meaningful. This really resonated with me as I wrote CIPD’s Learning at Work Report last year. We love our work because we can make a difference. Yet constant change and uncertainty in the work environment are taking their toll. The chronic state of disruption has impacted our stress levels and performance as we take refuge in our own comfort zones. This time last year I wrote about the ageless learner-centric strategies in our field that ensure our visions and goals for the year get traction. This year I predict it will be those L&D professionals who deliberately focus on their ‘me-centric strategies’, their inner game, who emerge fighting fit. What will this look like? This year we will need to see more personal courage and resilience develop as L&D professionals we can deliberately:
- Take time to regularly reflect on our practice.
- Lean into and leverage community support.
- Provide ourselves with permission to explore, learn and experiment.
- Mindfully notice the change around us
- Determine what we can influence directly and where we need to work with others.
- Be kind and apply what we do for others to ourselves.