The recent grad is a digital native who is very comfortable finding the information he wants online, is often looking for a mentor to help him excel at his company, and has grown up with—and craves—constant feedback. He wants a solution that’s mobile and mirrors the consumer software experience he’s accustomed to.
The first-time manager, since she is learning how to lead a team, can benefit from the delivery of automatically recommended content (with delivery triggered by a change to her title within Workday Human Capital Management, for instance) on how to conduct effective meetings or provide productive employee feedback.
The intrapreneur is an internal change agent who’s learning all the time—he’s always sending articles and links to colleagues about new ideas and approaches, and gets frustrated by slow movers and impediments to progress. He wants a learning tool that’s flexible and fast, so he can quickly find learning content on his own.
The historian is that long-time employee who everyone goes to for institutional knowledge. She may run a lot of reports, for example, but would like to progress in her career to become more analytical, consultative, and strategic. She wants a solution that’s easy to use and quick to deliver business insights, and wants to create content—a training course to impart some of that knowledge, for example—in a simple and fast way.
The learning leader is a visionary who understands how learning helps drive the business forward and needs insights into the impact of learning initiatives. For instance, does sensitivity training lead to more diverse hiring practices? Or, does sales enablement content impact how quickly and consistently salespeople meet their quotas?
When the learning leader (say, the Chief Learning Officer) wants HR or business managers to share what courses are the most popular or that generate the best gains in employee productivity, most learning management systems are of little help. Those questions can only be answered by linking learning with key finance and HR data. Ensuring that Workday Learning is tightly integrated into Workday Human Capital Management and Workday Financial Management is important for us, because that’s the only way to gain insight into learning’s impact on the overall business.
We plan to release Workday Learning later this year in Workday 27, and HR leaders tell us they are excited about something that goes beyond compliance and accreditation. It will offer a consumer-grade experience on the front end, and on the back end, will be able to examine an individual’s behaviors and content interaction to predictively steer him toward more content of interest. For the learner this means continuous growth and enrichment, and for the business, the evolution of workplace learning from a cost center to a growth engine.
As we’ve previously written, working with our customers and finding the right design partners was the first step on our learning journey, and then we set out to uncover which personas were the most relevant for a modern learning solution. In my next post, I’ll talk about how video is making learning more personal than ever before, and will delve deeper into how companies can maximize the value of user-generated content.