Employees Take Charge of Learning: Deloitte's Global Human Capital Trends 2016 Report

Apr 14, 2016 1:05 PM ET

Sweeping global forces are reshaping the workplace, the workforce, and work itself. To help organizations and their leaders understand these changes, Deloitte presents the Global Human Capital Trends 2016 report, based on more than 7,000 responses to our survey in over 130 countries around the world, where this article appears. 


The pressure on organizations to improve learning and development continues to intensify. Advances in technology, shifts in demographics, and the constant competitive necessity to upgrade workforce skills are disrupting corporate learning. These forces are pushing companies to develop new ways to put employees in charge of the learning experience and foster a culture of learning throughout the organization. This year, the big change is a shift beyond internal programs aimed at developing people to innovative platforms that enable people to develop themselves.

  • More than eight in ten executives (84 percent) in this year’s survey view learning as an important (40 percent) or very important (44 percent) issue.
  • Employees at all levels expect dynamic, self-directed, continuous learning opportunities from their employers.
  • Despite the strong shift toward employee-centric learning, many learning and development organizations are still struggling with internally focused and outdated platforms and static learning approaches.

Learning continues to be important to HR and business executives worldwide as they strive to adapt to the disruptive change that is sweeping through corporate learning and development organizations. (See figure 1 for our survey respondents’ ratings of learning’s importance across global regions and selected countries.) Several factors are driving the demand for change that has accelerated to warp speed over the past year.

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