Times have changed:
The pace of innovation is disrupting every industry, baby boomers are retiring, and the demand for new skills is higher than ever before.
Most companies aren’t ready—and for that, they’re paying a steep price:
Bosch recently revealed plans to spend over $2bn on reskilling workers as the car industry shifts to electric.
Two billion dollars.
This is not the way.
The problem is: Even though the times have changed, corporate learning at most companies hasn’t.
Where it has, however, we find winning companies—and a trend:
Top-down training is nowhere to be found. Instead, it’s been replaced by collaborative learning, which empowers companies to upskill from within and turn their in-house experts into growth drivers.
Google, Tesla, McDonald’s.
They’re empowering their employees to not only learn—but to teach, too.
Unlike Facebook, Google is promoting their people, not their product, encouraging internal experts to share knowledge with others in and outside the company. And Tesla is building out intensive upskilling programs for hopeful employees with Tesla START.
But it’s not just happening at tech companies—look at McDonald’s, and you’ll see they’re doing the same thing as Google.
This all marks a fundamental shift in the mindset of L&D—from top-down training to collaborative learning.
Top-down training used to be the only game in town, but it simply didn’t work:
Now, collaborative learning has introduced a new reality, where:
Companies that’ve embraced a collaborative learning culture are winning the battle for skills and the war for talent.
And they’re ready for the future.
The organizations that win in the future will be the ones most prepared for it.
But to successfully (and rapidly) prepare a workforce of hundreds or thousands of people, you need an L&D strategy that optimizes for relevance, speed, and engagement.
Collaborative learning helps you do all three of these things, and we have the numbers to prove it:
What if, instead of creating annual, slow-moving skill matrices, you could build flexible reskilling programs capable of training and upskilling employees in real-time?
That’d be a no brainer, wouldn’t it?
The truth is, you can do this, and many companies already are.
What we see emerging in tech (and especially in Silicon Valley) is a major shift in the focus of CHROs and VPs of Talent:
They’re now moving away from annual planning and complex skill matrices, and they’re starting to adopt fast and simple pre-boarding programs, which are similar to onboarding programs except employees complete them before they even join the company. This not only reduces employee ramp time, but it effectively closes skill gaps before they can become a concern for the organization.
Another thing we’re seeing a lot of? Leading companies are giving up on big, lengthy, labor-intensive reskilling initiatives. Instead, they’re creating shorter, yet continuous, reskilling programs that close skill gaps just as quickly as they arise. So, instead of spending years trying to upskill and reskill employees, these companies are doing it in weeks—sometimes even days.
This is all part of the shift from top-down training to collaborative learning.
But the shift goes beyond CHROs and VPs of talent—it’s changing everyone’s relationship with corporate learning, and for the better:
When all of this happens, you avoid the fate of the Great Resignation because learners are engaged and defining their next professional steps inside your company—not out.
But, there’s a catch...
How will you…
The old tools weren’t built for this.
A ‘Modern’ LMS? That’s just a new UI for top-down training.
Learning Experience Platforms (LXPs)? Those were merely built for off-the-shelf, prepackaged content.
This is why we created 360Learning…so you can leverage the power of collaborative learning to upskill from within and turn your experts into champions for employee, customer, and partner growth.
And you know what else is cool?
360Learning makes it easy for you to build a culture of collaborative learning—at your own pace.
All the modern solutions and integrations…
…for all your use cases…
…combined with rich collaborative features:
Combined with its speed and ease of use, 360Learning’s collaborative features bring a whole new world of opportunity to L&D teams.
Ever find yourself guessing about what training your employees need? You don’t have to with 360Learning. With real-time declaration and upvoting of learning needs, learners can tell you exactly what training they need to succeed—all from within the LMS.
77% of employees say they have untapped knowledge to share with their organization. This doesn’t have to be the case anymore. 360Learning allows you to easily tap into the knowledge of your employees and find in-house subject matter experts with learner suggestions and AI.
Give your courses the expert seal of approval. Add the right subject matter experts as co-authors to contribute and make edits to course content with the co-authoring tool—complete with collaborative commenting and validation workflows to ensure courses are always up to your standards.
Scared of losing control as you scale L&D? Fear not. With 360Learning, you can streamline training delivery and maintain visibility into everything with end-to-end project management, including project timelines, task assignments, and learner notifications and deadlines.
Keep courses fresh with real-time feedback from learners. See what they like and don't like with in-course commenting, threaded Q&As with upvoting, and learner relevance scoring, so you and your team can optimize course content and charge toward 91% completion rates.
With a collaborative learning culture, a lot changes for the better, including the employee journey—all the way from start to finish.
Interested in building your own collaborative learning culture with 360Learning?
See what you can do with it in a personalized demo.