Press Release

Learning Executives Have a Positive Outlook in Q3 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Optimism and confidence about the outlook for the talent development function in organizations rose in the third quarter of 2014, according to the latest measurement by the Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD. The current Learning Executive Confidence Index (LXCI) surveyed 351 learning executives (LXs) about these key learning and talent development indicators: Ability to Meet Learning Needs, Impact on Corporate Performance, Perception of the Value of Learning, and Availability of Resources. The only indicator not to improve between the second and third quarter was Availability of Resources.

The ATD LXCI for the third quarter of 2014 was 66.9, a gain of more than a point over the second quarter score of 65.7. The general optimism shown by learning executives mirrored trends in the economy. Although the U.S. economy stalled in the first quarter of 2014, the economy recovered in the second quarter, seeing growth in both fixed business investments and inventory investments, which suggest a positive business outlook.

Key findings from the third quarter of 2014 include:

  • Overall, more than three-quarters of learning executives have positive expectations.
  • Learning executives’ confidence in their ability to meet their organizations’ key learning needs during the coming six months rose about two points, the largest improvement seen for any indicator, from 67.1 in Q2 2014 to 69.4 in Q3 2014.
  • Learning executives are least optimistic about having availability of resources needed to meet learning needs in six months. The indicator decreased from 57.1 in Q2 2014 to 56.4 in Q3., this is the only indicator that saw a downward shift from last quarter.
  • More than half of learning executives think that continued economic growth will lead to an increase in the creation of new learning content, coaching/mentoring, emphasis on learning, and learning services provided.

ATD’s Learning Executive Confidence Index was launched in August 2008 and is designed to assess the outlooks and expectations of learning executives for the next six months; it is measured on a 100-point scale.
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About ATD The Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly ASTD, is the world’s largest association dedicated to those who develop talent in organizations. These professionals help others achieve their full potential by improving their knowledge, skills, and abilities.

ATD’s members come from more than 120 countries and work in public and private organizations in every industry sector.

ATD supports the work of professionals locally in more than 125 chapters, international strategic partners, and global member networks.

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The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The ATD Staff, along with a worldwide network of volunteers work to empower professionals to develop talent in the workplace.
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