Dr Simon Hayward from Cirrus comments in The Times.

Post-pandemic learning and development will be about fostering flexibility as much as upgrading skills. Cirrus CEO Dr Simon Hayward comments in The Times.

Coronavirus has certainly upped the ante for employee L&D programmes. Long before the pandemic, research found that L&D was the most important factor in retaining millennials. A lack of in-work learning leads employees to feel negatively about their career prospects.

Adapting to a world in a constant state of flux is like trying to hit a fast-moving target.

Dr Simon Hayward, chief executive of leadership, talent and engagement specialists Cirrus and honorary professor at Alliance Manchester Business School, says: “Situations like Covid demonstrate that detailed long-term plans simply don’t work in a world that is constantly changing.” He advises that organisations and employers alike prepare themselves to adapt to the new reality of ongoing change.

For employers, traits like creativity and curiosity are key. Employees crave opportunities to equip themselves with the means to adapt. As such, lifelong learning strategies are not a cost to be cut in a post-pandemic squeeze, but a path to a more engaged, creative and flexible workforce.

© The Times Raconteur 2020.

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