Experiential Learning has become an important part of the Corporate Ecosystem

a) Tips for a budding L&D/HR professional?

The first and foremost tip for a budding HR/L&D professional would be to know and understand your audience. Before you act, understand their needs and expectations. 

Secondly, build a great network and keep yourself abreast with latest technology, laws and market situation.

b) One HR/L&D practice that has always worked for you as an HR. (share an example)

Employee Engagement in terms of Rewards and recognition has always worked for me as a HR professional.

Recognition is something which motivates the employees to perform better and gives an assurance that his/her efforts are being noticed. Also as an L&D professional, focus on internal expertise, building own internal learning academy and leadership pipeline.

c) How can an HR/L&D contribute strategically to the organization?

HR objectives must be aligned with business objectives. For example, if management identifies the problem areas, then HR works in the direction to bridge the gap between the areas of improvement and the goal. If team communication is the problem, then relevant trainings or team building, communication activities help. As a HR professional, we do realize that one size doesn’t fit all so in my current organization, we have given the liberty to our employees to choose the training they wish to pursue within a specific budget and how they wish to accomplish the bigger goal.

d) Do you think robots can replace HR/L&D professionals in the coming decade?

The situation is like a coin – there are two sides to a coin and there are two sides to every story. On one side, AI in my opinion would make work simple and more avenues would emerge as a result of the new technology and at the same time, there is a fear about certain jobs getting obsolete. In my opinion, robots can replace HR/L&D professionals in the coming decade because robots can perform administrative and backend work but would lack people/human touch. Basically, tasks which require people management, creativity and decision making, robots won’t be able to replace HR professionals but would be a big help for data collection/backend work.

e) What is the role of Experiential Learning in today’s L&D world?

Experiential training is all about learning by doing and understanding what you are doing. It gives an opportunity to be more creative, grasp concepts through experience and makes the overall training experience more relevant, interesting and impactful. The combination of right kind of course and environment; which is as close to as reality, can be a great experience and learning can give better results. It is now quite popular and has become an essential part of the complete ecosystem. 

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