If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that 2020 didn’t quite turn out the way we expected. While 2020 was the year of massive change and flux, it’s likely that the ripples will be felt well into 2021. In fact, the pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we work, communicate, and learn. Learning and development trends in 2021 are set to address these changes and ensure that L&D continue to support organizational performance while taking a more strategic role in training development.

In 2020, a report from the Learning Guild found that over 35% of respondents’ organizations were implementing work-from-home policies for the very first time. While job skills were a focus for respondents, they also reported an increase in other types of training, including leadership/management training.

So, whether it’s a shift in the way training is delivered, changes to training content itself, or how the training team operates, 2021 will see a lot of L&D teams perfecting and optimizing the new activities they were forced to quickly undertake in the previous year. With that in mind, here are six learning and development trends for 2021 to keep your eye on: