Mental health is employers’ top learning and development priority

...but stagnant budgets cause challenges 

Learning and development professionals believe mental health and wellbeing will be this year’s most important eLearning topic.

This is closely followed by stress management training for employees, as nearly nine in 10 (88%) employers surveyed by DeltaNet International said they are worried about how the cost-of-living crisis is affecting employees.  

However, 50% of learning and development professionals say that their L&D budgets would not change despite the current economic climate putting increased pressure on businesses to support employees further. One in five (21%) stated that a reduction in their budget would be one of the biggest challenges affecting learning and development in the workplace. 

While almost two-thirds (65%) of learning and development professionals said they haven’t yet given specific training to help employees navigate the cost of living, 50% said they were considering implementing practical training such as financial planning.  

Worryingly, the results reveal underinvestment in training line managers. Just 27% of L&D professionals said they plan to provide line managers with training linked to the rising cost of living, such as helping managers to spot the signs of those in their teams who may be struggling. 

 Chris Chappell, Head of Content at DeltaNet International, said: “Given the current economic situation we find ourselves in, it’s unsurprising that mental health support and stress management are topping the agenda for learning and development priorities.  

“Businesses must support colleagues as best possible to maintain a contented and productive workforce, but many still have not acted. Whilst good rates of pay and benefits schemes are key to helping people through the cost-of-living crisis, there is much more we can do to support employees, and training plays a key role in this.” 

Employee engagement with L&D also remains a big challenge. Of those surveyed, 27% revealed this is currently their primary obstacle. Most HR and training professionals are trying to overcome this by asking employees for written feedback on training, with 77% conducting post-training evaluation – only 12% request verbal feedback. 

DeltaNet International is a global eLearning provider of compliance, health and safety and performance courses.  

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