The New Year is a time when most of us think about the key challenges and opportunities that lie ahead in the coming year. For some it can be a daunting time, for others a great opportunity to ‘ring the changes’. It’s often a time of ‘out with the old and in with the new’ and a chance to start doing things in a different way.

So what changes can we expect in the way organisations develop talented people?

Technology will continue to dramatically transform how we live and work in 2015, and the HR and learning function must continue to adapt at the same pace. Three key areas – each impacted by the continuous evolution of technology - will become more important than ever:

1. Improving engagement

Given that an organisation’s ability to engage its employees impacts upon economic growth and success, forward-thinking companies will use technology more prolifically in 2015 to build leadership skills, personalise learning, enable greater collaboration and to redefine and support performance management practices for today’s multi-generational workplace.

2. Enabling mobility

Employees are more mobile and connected than ever and are increasingly turning to tablets and smartphones as their devices of choice for learning and development. Recent advancements in HTML5 and responsive design will truly open the floodgates for learning on demand, and the key mobile learning challenge for L&D this year will be to make initiatives more effective and impactful.

3. Achieving greater insight

For employers, the benefits of integrating learning, performance and talent management systems will continue to move beyond automating and tracking core processes to providing business and talent intelligence. Having accurate information about the skills and talent that exists within the business at your fingertips, as well as the tools required to build tomorrow’s organisation will become more important than ever in the quest for competitive advantage.

No doubt 2015 will be a year where everybody embraces the promise of the digital age with increased vigour. New and improved HR and learning technology innovations will continue to disrupt the status quo and will result in time and cost savings. However, for those organisations that choose and use the right technology, the greatest benefits will be achieved in creating a more agile, engaged and future-proof organisation.

Whatever challenges your team and organisation face in the year ahead, with the economic recovery finally showing some signs that it might gather pace this year, there is plenty to be optimistic about. Happy New Year!

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