L&D spending declines: Conference Board
OTTAWA — Spending on learning and development (L&D) in Canada has fallen 13 per cent since 2008 and is down 40 per cent since its peak in the early 1990s, according to the Conference Board of Canada’s Learning and Development Outlook 2011: Are Organizations Ready for Learning 2.0? In 2010, organizations spent, on average, just under $690 per employee on L&D, according to the report, which surveyed 183 employers.
Nearly one-third of firms lack sufficient team collaboration: survey
TORONTO — While most Canadian employers value high-impact team collaboration (65.5 per cent), only 27.8 per cent actually provide the proper framework for it, according to a study by ESI International. More than 80 per cent of the 895 survey respondents said poor communication lies at the heart of cross-team collaboration failure. Increasing autonomy within projects, tearing down organizational roadblocks and providing the right mix of business and technical skills can help improve collaboration, said the study.