Making professional development easy
D2L believes strongly in its commitment to employee lifelong learning. The company provides $4,000 per employee each year to spend on professional development, helping each individual gain new skills that align with the company’s business goals.
Nearly a year after adopting D2L Wave, D2L has seen its employees’ uptake of professional development rise to two times the Canadian national average. Of the company’s 1,100 employees, 22% have registered for at least one course. More than half of these employees have already completed their first course and signed up for the next one, becoming repeat users of the platform.
One of the key advantages of D2L Wave is its ease of use for learners, the company’s learning and development team and its senior leaders. “The old methods we used for managing external professional development—like spreadsheets, emails and ad hoc approvals—created headaches for both employees and the company and signaled that learning is unimportant,” Baker says. “With D2L Wave, all the feedback has been positive, and it’s been a joy to watch the excitement build around it. It’s exceeded our expectations.”
D2L Wave provides a seamless user experience with workflows that guide employees through the catalog of courses and programs that they can request approval to take. It gives them visibility into their own professional development budget and allows them to register directly with the education provider once their request has been approved. The platform also tracks the courses or programs that each employee has requested, registered for and completed, giving managers immediate insight into what their employees are learning and where any skills gaps may exist.
“D2L Wave gives employees access to the best courses to help them achieve their goals,” says Baker. “It also gives me insight into what makes the greatest impact on our people. I can see what kind of learning is in demand across my organization. Then I can nudge leaders to encourage our people to make time and invest in growing these specific skills.”
D2L Wave enables employers to shape and influence the course of their employees’ professional development without micromanaging them. By providing a tailored, curated selection of courses and programs from top-tier education providers, D2L Wave helps identify the in-demand skills that benefit both employees and their companies.
Bell concludes, “From an employer’s perspective, D2L Wave is a tool that we can use to understand what the skill demands and gaps are in our organization while showing employees that we really believe what we say about professional development. Professional development can be a big factor in retention, and it’s a great recruiting tool too. By investing in our employees, we are also investing in our own success and growth as a company.”