Embracing Change: Improving Performance for Business, Individuals and the L&D Team

by | Nov 5, 2015 | Annual Benchmark Reports

The 2015-16 Towards Maturity Industry Benchmark Report looks at how learning and business leaders can embrace change in order to improve performance on all accounts. With 12 years of research providing previously unchartered insights into the L&D industry, this report provides tangible evidence for business and learning leaders alike in order to move forward.

About the 2015-16 Industry Benchmark Report

The 2015-16 Towards Maturity Benchmark Report explores the factors that set top performing learning companies apart, in order to provide not only a vision for the future of workplace learning, but also provide everyone in L&D with a route map to take the next step towards embracing change and implementing a more effective modernised learning strategy.

Over 600 learning professionals took part in a detailed review of their learning strategy during 2015. Their input into this research provides benchmark values for key performance indicators and also allows us to articulate the characteristics of effective practice demonstrated by those that are achieving the greatest business impact.

Benchmark respondents were drawn from 55 countries, with just 60% from the UK. 69% are from the private sector and 42% are multinational organisations. The Top Deck (those that score in the top 10% for the Towards Maturity Index of Effective Practice) span all sectors, geographic locations and organisation sizes.

Data is also drawn from a sample of over 1,600 learners that took part in a Towards Maturity Learning Landscape Audit during 2015, in order to give their perspective of what does and does not work.

The full report gives a number of calls to action for both business leaders and L&D professionals that can be quickly implemented to improve performance and deliver tangible results. Alternatively, you can download the executive summary for a lighter read with an overview of the headlining insights.

The L&D Leader’s Perspective

“Technology has evolved, our internal customers have evolved, but can we honestly say that as a profession, we have done as much as we could have in order to evolve ourselves and reinvent our purpose?”

Dave Buglass, Head of Organisational Capability and Development at Tesco Bank, shares his view on learning and development, where it’s going and what we should be doing to ensure our organisations see the L&D function as a viable, contributing part of the business. Read the foreword online or download the full report below.

Fast Facts from this report

If you’re short on time, you can read the Fast Facts online, where we round up the big findings from this year’s Benchmark Study. You can also find these on page

Longitudinal Trends

If data tables help you understand the insights, you can download all the longitudinal trends that we reference throughout the full report in this separate document.

Acknowledgements

The Towards Maturity Benchmark has been made available for free thanks to the support of our strategic partner CIPD and our Ambassadors, who share our passion for ensuring that great independent research is freely available to all.

View the launch webinar

Below are the slides presented for the launch of the Industry Benchmark Report – you can view the recording of the webinar with Laura Overton here.

Review, Compare, Act: Get started with your own Benchmark

Our confidential Benchmark is free to utilise and takes 60 minutes to complete (just 20 minutes to update if you have completed it previously). The 2015 Benchmark season is now closed, but if you complete your Benchmark by 4th December, we’ll send you a free Personalised Benchmark Report on 7th December!

About the Towards Maturity Benchmark

Organisations now operate in a fast-paced, technology-enabled global economy. L&D leaders are under pressure to respond with a modernised learning & development strategy. With so many tools, models and systems available, there’s never been a more important time to base L&D decisions on powerful, independent evidence.

The Towards Maturity Benchmark, now in its 12th year, draws on the experiences of over 4,000 L&D professionals and 18,000 learners.  L&D professionals from the private, public and non-profit sectors are invited to use the evidence gathered to help them reflect on their current learning strategy and provide feedback on how they compare with peers in the top performing learning organisations.

The Towards Maturity Benchmark is the only one of its kind. It not only provides an opportunity to reflect on issues that are relevant to delivering and designing a modernised learning strategy; it also provides you with personalisd feedback to help you turn insights into action.

The Benchmark will help you reflect on the effective practices of top performing organisations, including:

  • Aligning learning to business need and delivering business outcomes
  • Understanding the modern day learner as customer
  • Supporting workplace performance and collaboration
  • Demonstrating value
  • Harnessing technology to deliver results

More about the Towards Maturity Benchmark

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About the Benchmark

The Towards Maturity Benchmark Study is an internationally recognised longitudinal study on the effective implementation of learning innovation based on the input of 5,000+ participants and 25,000 learners gathered since 2003. Towards Maturity continuously surveys and studies how people learn at work and the impact this has on organisational performance. By turning data into insights and insights into action, this research is used to help L&D leaders assess and improve the appropriateness, effectiveness and efficiency of their learning provision.

Research methodology

There are three main sources of data for this report:

  • The Towards Maturity 2016 Benchmark Review with over 600 participants taking part between September 2015 and August 2016, summarised in Figure 5
  • A sample of over 4,700 learners that took part in a learning landscape survey during the same period, described in detail in Learner Voice 3
  • Secondary research referencing senior business leaders from the C-suite

 

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Our confidential Benchmark is free to utilise and takes 60 minutes to complete (just 20 minutes to update if you have completed it previously). Start your benchmark 

 

Acknowledgements

The Towards Maturity Benchmark has been made available for free thanks to the support of our strategic partner CIPD, our publishing parter Emerald Group Publishing and our Ambassadors, who share our passion for ensuring that great independent research is freely available to all.

Find out more about our Ambassadors at: www.towardsmaturity.org/ambassadors

Towards Maturity Supporters: The 2016 study remains current and vendor neutral thanks to the independent experts, industry communities and membership bodies who kindly offer Towards Maturity their support. Find out more at: www.towardsmaturity.org/supporters

Research team: Laura Overton and Dr Genny Dixon
Publisher: Emerald Global Publishing Group Ltd

 

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Embracing Change: Longitudinal Trends

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