Before jumping into this edition of Training Industry Magazine, I hope this magazine finds you and yours well, and you are adjusting to the new normal. Our team produced this issue of the magazine from their homes, which has taught us quite a bit about why we do things the way we do at Training Industry.

During times of dramatic change – like we are experiencing now – we must reevaluate our current business processes and consider how we may need to adapt to move forward. This edition of Training Industry Magazine assembles a collection of perspectives on how we can employ strategies to ensure new skills are appropriately and accurately applied on the job. While we’re still uncertain of the long-term impact of the pandemic on the training industry, now is a great time to reevaluate your training offerings to ensure they are driving the intended behavior change in your employees.

Our most recent study evaluating the confidence levels of training managers to execute on their current learning and development (L&D) plans revealed that only 36% of learning leaders are confident with the training plans in place. However, 59% of respondents said they are reworking their current plan or lack confidence in executing it. Further, we found that 64% of these learning leaders are repurposing their existing training programs to some extent. That reality affords us the opportunity to take stock of what programs we have in place and why we are offering the training the way we are.

To start, we must evaluate the business reasons a training program exists in the first place and identify the business problems the program is designed to solve. Programs that impact the most important company goals or are in place to reduce company risk should be our top priority. In the current climate, we have new guidelines on how we deliver our programs, how we practice new skills, how we coach and mentor employees, and how we reinforce learning over time. These new restrictions will need to account for the possibility of less travel and continued social distancing requirements.

While the future of training remains uncertain, we hope this edition of Training Industry Magazine provides you with a few ideas to consider as you define your company’s new training normal. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the evolution of your training programs. As always, please send along any suggestions for us to consider in future editions of Training Industry Magazine.

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