Banana Republic’s L&D program: Blending learning styles and technology
Most employees assume the L&D group is just another part of HR. While L&D has traditionally been part of HR, it’s so much more than just an extension of it. L&D programs are becoming more integral in increasing performance and promoting culture at companies which see the value in engaged employees. A recent stat from 2018 showed that over 80% of millennials would stay at a job that provides a dedicated career training and development program. That’s a number companies can’t afford to ignore and makes the case for giving L&D departments more resources and better tools to engage employees.
Someone who knows the importance of developing a strong L&D program and integrating it into employee’s busy schedules is Dan Leavitt, director of talent management at Banana Republic. One of Dan’s secrets is creating a blended talent development experience. He incorporates equal parts technology and human interaction to make learning interesting and relevant rather than just another distraction for employees.
In our recent fireside chat, Dan explains how his L&D program fits into the corporate landscape at Banana Republic, why experimenting is critical to performance, and his tips for anyone starting a L&D program. If you are on a L&D team, this is a great look into the mind of a talent manager veteran’s mind.