Speexx at Learning Technologies 2016

Munich – Tuesday 12th January 2016 – Speexx, the leading global provider of corporate online language training, has released initial findings from its 4th annual survey of HR and L&D professionals. The survey reveals that flexible learning, big data and better employee communications are recognised as key enablers to align learning more closely to business requirements. The results will be available as a white paper and infographic at the Learning Technologies show in London on 3rd – 4th February 2016.

The Speexx Exchange 2015-16 Survey, which was conducted between August and December 2015, indicates that “finding and retaining the best talent” is still the number one concern for global businesses (28 percent) and that “aligning training and development with business needs” (24 percent) is going to be a key objective. Yet, 44 percent of organisations are struggling to make sense of “big data” and not fully utilising its benefits.

Speexx will be releasing two white papers to capture the key findings to give HR professionals an insight of what is shaping corporate learning in 2016:

  • White paper (Part 1) – Understanding how Big Data Helps HR
  • White paper (Part 2) – Communication Skills, Mobility and Blended Learning

The first white paper will be available to collect at the Learning Technologies exhibition and conference (Stand M11) which takes place at London Olympia on 3rd – 4th February 2016.   Both white papers will be available shortly by visiting http://bit.ly/19HTrHd.

Other findings from the survey include:

  • Blended Learning. 63 percent of companies audited said that “blended learning” will continue to be the primary approach for corporate learning as opposed to pure face-to-face training or standalone e-learning.
  • Big Data. Maximising the use of HR data was hit by a barrage of internal issues. Those audited listed five major obstacles: Lack of management support (31 percent), lack of know-how in collecting and using data (24 percent), budget constraints (16 percent), global implementation issues (16 percent) and understanding data privacy issues (13 percent).
  • Mobile Learning. 35 percent of businesses now use mobile devices for corporate learning, while almost one in five companies plan to implement a mobile learning strategy within their organisation within the next three years.
  • Communication. 98 percent of organisations agreed that good communication is “very important” or “important” for overall business success.  However, the “lack of management support” (27 percent), “intercultural differences” (23 percent), the “lack of foreign language skills amongst employees” were the top reasons were holding back strong communications.

In addition to the white paper, Speexx is offering an infographic which is part of the Towards MaturityTreasure Trail. Titled, “6 Bright Ideas to Maximise your Top Talent”, the infographic summarises the main findings from December’s Speexx Exchange conference in Berlin which attracted over 100 HR and L&D leaders from around the world.

Armin Hopp, Founder and President at Speexx explains, “Technology has transformed how business is conducted and the workplace now demands an international talent pool with better communication skills to maximise on global opportunities. Organisations with a mature talent management strategy are best placed to foster ongoing learning and strong cross-border communications.”

Notes to Editor

The Speexx 4th annual HR and L&D audit was carried out between August and December 2015 with 220 participants from Europe, Asia and North America. The audit included feedback from HR directors/managers, L&D professionals, content developers, training managers and C-level executives who are charged with the development of staff.