This year was completely crazy. If you would have told me last year that in 2020 I will be running a weekly newsletter, I would have said you’re crazy. When would I have the time to read, sort through, and put together L&D resources on a weekly basis?
But COVID happened, and it turned our world upside down, mine included. For instance, if before I spent 2 hours on a daily commute, now I had 10 hours to spare each week. This new way of living came with no buffer between work and personal life. So I constantly have to discipline myself to disconnect. Still, I prefer to look at the bright side of things. I have 10 hours to focus more on work, spend time with my dear ones, and well… build a weekly newsletter dedicated to my peers in L&D.
I was also lucky. As lucky as you can feel during a pandemic. I work for an e-commerce company that grew while consumers were shifting into online shopping. So there was no talk about layoffs. And both I and my dear ones were mostly out of harm’s and COVID’s way during the entire year. So I also felt physically and psychologically safe. Had the time to be creative. Focus on work.
But at first, life felt like a damn carousel. Never in the history of our company, 1500 people worked remotely. I still remember it was March 11th, and we decided to run a drill in our organization, to make sure things will run smoothly in the following 2 weeks we thought we would work from home. 10 months later? Still working from home.
We had no time to prepare. And it hit us. We switched everything to virtual quickly by working extra and focusing less on what was happening in the world and more on what our colleagues needed. But there was still a lot of confusion in the first weeks. We had to move our onboarding process online. Move trainings online. Support people into connecting while working from home. Help them get used to this new way of working. Make sure they feel safe. While still supporting business needs and run our daily work. Now that I look back I have no idea how we pulled things of, how time has passed, and how we were doing things before March 11th.
Offbeat in 2020
I launched Offbeat in May, but I was already pretty connected to the industry starting from March. So while I was going through L&D resources, I read a lot about the struggles others were having as well. In the first half of the year, we talked a lot about virtual onboarding, virtual training, or e-learning. Other concerns took second place in our minds while we were dealing with the shift.
Slowly but surely the things we had to put on hold started to come back in the summer. Performance management, learning analytics, leadership development, mentorship, learning in the flow of work started resurfacing. And the talk about skilling and reskilling took the spotlight. Also, I was seeing more and more learning pros on LinkedIn letting others know they found jobs and thanking each other for helping.
Life still feels crazy. Unfortunately, people are still out of jobs. Some organizations that survived still haven’t figured out what’s next. And those who haven’t are still grieving. I think Offbeat was my small way of helping this year. And I hope it did inspire you in your programs, helped you build things, and think about the future in a positive way. I want to put an end to this year in the same way. So in the past couple of weeks, I put together the L&D resources I shared and were most appreciated by subscribers.
I thank those who took the time to write articles, host or speak in podcasts or events and share L&D resources with the community. They served as an inspiration for my work. Ultimately, thanks to the Nifty Learning team (Letitia, Victor, Alex), for making Offbeat happen.
I hope your end of the year is at least ok, and you will enjoy this roundup of L&D resources.
Stay safe, keep learning, and see you next year,
The most appreciated L&D resources of 2020
How to start learning analytics in your company? It’s a combination of well defined goals, measures, data and it’s quality, tools and resources. You won’t do it alone in L&D and won’t succeed without identified business needs so before designing next or first fancy dashboard think who will use it and what for.
- L&D Detective Kit
- Making the most of your learning data: turning insights into action
- Shattering the way L&D thinks about measurement
- The D in L&D Should Stand For Data
- Learning analytics set-up
- An asynchronous perspective of a leadership development program
- What makes a great manager
- The Manager’s Guide to Inclusive Leadership — Small Habits That Make a Big Impact
- Future of work: how managers are harnessing employees’ hidden skills
- 6 Counterintuitive Rules for Being a Better Manager
- 3 approaches to new manager training
- Using technology to develop your people managers
- 20 Questions L&D should ask before talking about training
- 10 learning and development consulting questions
- Personal Development Plan Checklist
- The Art of Doing in Learning
- Why Learning Should Look More Like Exercise
Learning Strategy & Culture
- How can leaders foster learning autonomy in their teams?
- The State of Learning and Development in 2021
- 10 characteristics of Learning and Development at its best
- Three Steps to Turn Your Company into a Learning Powerhouse
- Becoming a learning organization = continuous learning
- Staff development that your people actually need and want
- Four L&D Business Models
- What are the Skills needed to Create a Culture of Lifelong Learning?
- Why Your Startup Needs A Learning Strategy
- A transformation of the learning function
- 10 ways to make a positive impact in L&D
- Business Acumen: A Key Ingredient in Transformational Talent Development Leadership
- How to build a path of opportunities. Article series: The Learning & Development career path
- LinkedIn Learning Courses To Support Learning Designers Build Skills In 4 Core Areas
- Learning 2020 – Glossary Of Core Concepts
- L&D skills in 2021 – Have you got these job roles covered?
- How to Establish Yourself as an Incoming L&D leader
- The journey of a start-up L&D Pro
Learning Theories & Science
- Seven neuroscience backed-up facts for better learning experience design
- Learning theories timeline: key ideas from educational psychology
- Adult Learning Principles
- Nurturing Self Directed Learning
- Welcome to Unlearning
- How to separate learning myths from reality
- 32 Onboarding Templates and Checklists
- The only onboarding timeline you’ll need from offer to first Friday
- Best practices for remote onboarding
- Better.com’s Onboarding Process for Growing From 350 to 3,000 Employees
- 8 Steps to Creating a Virtual Employee Onboarding Program
- A Guide For Onboarding Remote Engineers