training and development for senior managers tops the list of
priorities for businesses in
Fewer than 50% of respondents made leadership
development their first or second priority which is compared to 35%
last year. Whilst at the same time 71% said that they would use
learning and development as a tool to aid growth for their
The survey highlights that businesses are
focusing on the development of internal staff as a key to growing
their business. One respondent commented "be more rigorous in who
are truly managers and who the leaders are, or could be. Sort the
wheat from the chaff". As businesses keep recruitment freezes in place many are
focusing on developing and retaining current staff, moving the
process away from HR and making it a priority for their workforce
and senior management as a whole.
The survey showed that training is still seen
as a way to engage with employees, with learning used to help
manage change and although development of leaders is seen as a top
priority the development of the whole work force is still very
important for 45% of respondents.
One of the top priorities highlighted from the
survey was a ‘back to basics’ skills focus “to improve sales
capability” and to “equip talent with cross functionality to make
them more versatile”. Businesses are turning towards organisations
with the capability to deliver training courses done by experienced
practitioners (81%) and who can show proven ROI.
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