HR & EDUCATION | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Only 17% of employees satisfied with learning opportunities from company: survey

Two in five employees have resigned from a company that didn't deliver L&D opportunities they expected.

Companies need to be able to provide sufficient learning and development (L&D) opportunities for employees as only 17% of workers express satisfaction over their current company’s L&D offerings, LinkedIn reveals in its Future of Skills 2019 Report.

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The survey revealed that two in five employees have left a company that failed to deliver on the L&D opportunities they seek. This issue is further aggravated by a mismatch between the company offerings and the desires of employees who seek opportunities to improve their skills.

Currently, the top 10 rising skills in APAC are dominated by technology-related skills with the top 3 in Singapore’s workforce being blockchain, workflow automation and human-centred design.

At the same time, employees and L&D professionals also understand the increasing importance of soft skills in determining career progression. In the report, 62% of employees and 54% of L&D professionals in Singapore see soft skills such as creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving as playing a vital role.

Of the employee respondents, 57% cited time as the most significant barrier preventing them from undertaking L&D activities at work, although cost, accessibility, access to resources and general level of interest in the content also play a role.

“It is therefore important for organisations to have a deep understanding of their current talent pool, and how to evolve it for their long-term business goals. Helping current talent to upskill or reskill early can help organisations ensure that their future talent needs are met,” Feon Ang, vice president for talent and learning solutions, Asia Pacific, LinkedIn shares.

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