Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 56

CLOSING
D E A L S
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF THE WORKER,
NOT JUST THE FUTURE OF WORK
BY TARYN OESCH

Many publications, including our own, are
exploring "the future of work" in articles,
research and other content. Topics like
automation, artificial intelligence (AI), the
gig economy and the virtual workplace
take center stage in this discussion. We
can't forget, however, that central to the
future of work are workers themselves.
How can we make sure that our business
strategies moving forward are considering
employees' needs and supporting their
growth and development?
You guessed it: Learning leaders must play
a role.
While emerging technologies are
creating a brave new future of work,
they are also supporting the future of
the worker. AI is enabling coaching at
scale, augmenting the personalized
development approach of a professional
coach; online platforms are automating
some performance management tasks,
freeing up managers' time for those oneon-one conversations that are critical
to performance; and remote meeting
and learning platforms are enabling
managers, trainers, employees and
learners to communicate effectively, no
matter where their offices are located.
INVESTORS TAKING NOTE:
THE "GREAT AWAKENING"
Funding for these technologies is following
the demand. For example, BetterUp, a
mobile coaching company, announced
$103 million in growth financing for its
Series C round in June, bringing its total
financing to over $142 million. Fuel50,
creator of a "career experience and talent
mobility platform," closed $14 million in
Series B funding in August, bringing its
total funding to over $18 million.

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When BetterUp launched, says co-founder
and CEO Alexi Robichaux, investors
weren't really interested in what it was
offering. But "BetterUp is focused on the
future of the worker, not just the future
of work," and investors are starting to
understand this reality. "Your competitive
advantage is your people," he says, and
there's been a "great awakening" that
optimizing employees through growth
and development is critical to success.

EMERGING
TECHNOLOGIES ARE
SUPPORTING THE FUTURE
OF THE WORKER.

From an investor's perspective, Will Kohler,
a partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners
(which led BetterUp's Series C), says that,
while investing in "technology and tools to
improve visibility into data, into decisions,
into workflow" is important, "investing in
people and their development" is also key.
In fact, Robichaux reports that Workday
has seen a 10% increase in its "managers'
ability to elevate and drive results" after
implementing BetterUp's platform.

deliver a level of transparency that
helps reduce 'skills anxiety' for both
the organization and the employee." By
enabling organizations to know which
skills they're missing and employees
to know which positions and career
paths might be open to them, Fuel50
helps ensure a solid talent pipeline for
the future.
Based on the data Fulton provides, it
works; its clients have seen employee
retention improve by an average of 60%
and employee engagement improve by
an average of 3% to 5%. Organizations
also improve their internal talent mobility;
for example, IngersollBrand has improved
its "internal fill rates from 37.5% to 55%"
since beginning its partnership with
Fuel50 in 2016.
Artificial intelligence enables these
platforms to automatically make career
path and training recommendations
based on each employee's career history,
learning and other data. Matching
employees' skills, performance and goals
to organizational opportunities improves
employee engagement and retention
and helps fill the talent pipeline.

Fuel50, meanwhile, supports organizations'
employee development programs through
what CEO Anne Fulton describes as a
platform that combines "the simplicity
of Google Maps" with personalized
career pathing.

"We're not designing around compliance
anymore," Robichaux says. Instead,
learning leaders are focusing on engaging
learners and ensuring that they are
growing. By formalizing previously
informal learning processes like coaching
and career planning, organizations can
track not only compliance metrics but also
those metrics like engagement, learning
and talent mobility. Then, they can change
their programs to improve them.

"Employees are hungry to know what
their future holds," Fulton says. "We

Taryn Oesch is the managing editor of digital
content at Training Industry, Inc. Email Taryn.

PERSONALIZING CAREER PLANNING


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019

Thinking More Broadly About How Adults Learn
Table of Contents
Mentoring: 4 Keys To Making it a Meaningful Learning Experience
Formalizing Informal Learning: Tinker Dabble Doodle Try
The Accidental Learner
Percolating Builds Depth
Coaching is a Cop-Out
Close More Deals With Story Selling
Partnering for the Power of Knowledge: How Can Knowledge Sharing Foster Collaboration Among L&D and Employees?
Organizational Resiliency: a Function of Leader Adaptability and Versatility
Rules of Engagement for by Laura Francis Mentoring Reverse
Steps to Formally Make The Informal Part of Your Content Strategy
The Play's the Thing': The Power of Story-Based Learning
Fujitsu’s Experiment With Peer Coaching Pays Off
How to be Authentic When Collaborating on Multicultural Virtual Teams
Making the Case for Informal Learning at Work
Formalizing Informal Learning to Improve Performance
Making Learning Fun Again
Investing in the Future of the Worker, Not Just the Future of Work
Company News
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Cover1
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 2
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Thinking More Broadly About How Adults Learn
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Table of Contents
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 5
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 6
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 7
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 8
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Mentoring: 4 Keys To Making it a Meaningful Learning Experience
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 10
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Formalizing Informal Learning: Tinker Dabble Doodle Try
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 12
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - The Accidental Learner
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 14
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Percolating Builds Depth
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Coaching is a Cop-Out
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 18
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 19
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Close More Deals With Story Selling
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 22
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 23
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Partnering for the Power of Knowledge: How Can Knowledge Sharing Foster Collaboration Among L&D and Employees?
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 27
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 28
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Organizational Resiliency: a Function of Leader Adaptability and Versatility
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Rules of Engagement for by Laura Francis Mentoring Reverse
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 35
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Steps to Formally Make The Informal Part of Your Content Strategy
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - The Play's the Thing': The Power of Story-Based Learning
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Fujitsu’s Experiment With Peer Coaching Pays Off
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - How to be Authentic When Collaborating on Multicultural Virtual Teams
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Making the Case for Informal Learning at Work
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Formalizing Informal Learning to Improve Performance
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Making Learning Fun Again
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Investing in the Future of the Worker, Not Just the Future of Work
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