Search Results for skills strategy

  • Skill Frameworks: 3 Simple Options to Jumpstart Your Skills Strategy

    Turning your company into a skills-based learning organization often can feel like running your first marathon. Sometimes, the long journey seems so intimidating you never even start to train. But successful athletes know the hard truth: If you don’t start somewhere, you’ll never move an inch. The same dynamics apply to creating your first skills […]
  • Glad Employees, Happy Shareholders: A Skills Strategy Benefitting Both

    As a 140-year-old company, Prudential is a financial services giant, constantly working to reinvent itself — especially now as advances in automation lead to business efficiencies. And yet Vice Chairman Robert Falzon, in a recent podcast interview with Joe Fuller of Harvard Business School, described the company’s commitment to cultivating the capabilities of its 50,000 […]
  • How to Shift from a Competency Model to a Skills Strategy in 5 Steps

    Competency models are complicated. The list of competencies is often never-ending, bloated with dozens of buzzwords, and each one typically includes several repetitive paragraphs to describe various levels of performance. In short, they’re hard to quantify and that makes them hard to manage.  This limits your organization’s ability to analyze and adapt. Competency models were […]
  • Enter the Skills Matrix: How the Exness Strategy Won Gold

    The founder of the eLearning Industry recently called skill matrices “one of the most valuable tools you can use to evaluate the skills and competencies of your workforce.” Similarly, the experts at Training Industry said skill matrices can be “a game-changer for organizations.” Skill matrices can serve as a key building block of the skills-based […]
  • Building the Foundation for Your Skills-Based Organization Strategy

  • AI Taxonomies for Skills: Actionable Steps for Career Goals

    First, it was competency frameworks. Then it was skill taxonomies. Both suffer from the same challenges: they’re hard to build and even harder to keep up to date. Can AI help? Let’s find out. Why do organizations need taxonomies? For most companies, employees are the biggest expense (and asset). But how companies invest in those […]
  • From Global L&D Experts: Insights on Skills, Data, Business Alignment, and AI

    It’s time for lifelong learning to grow up. That’s what Degreed CEO David Blake said at Degreed LENS 2024. And he’s right. Lifelong learning, as it stands today, is begging to be re-energized and innovated. “Today, we lifelong learn like most of us exercise, which is ‘kinda-sorta.’ It isn’t good enough. Not anymore,” Blake said. […]
  • The Degreed Vision: Automation, AI, and a Skills-first Future

    Explore the Degreed product roadmap for 2024 and beyond.
  • Orchestrating All Learning & Navigating a Skills-based Future with Degreed

    In today’s world of work, learning means more than people consuming content. And a winning learning solution does a lot more than simply serve up relevant courses and videos. Businesses today face critical learning needs that begin at employee onboarding and never let up. Effective learning enhances operations, cultivates belonging and builds technical, functional and […]
  • Why Your Tuition Reimbursement Benefit is Hurting Your DEIB Strategy

    Tuition reimbursement and equitable learning — it’s like wearing your dress shoes for an important zoom meeting. Lots of companies use tuition reimbursements and support equitable learning, but what lots of HR leaders don’t realize is doing both is counterproductive. That’s because the very education benefit you think is helping your DEIB strategy is actually […]
  • ChatGPT Wrote This Headline: Using AI to Revolutionize Skills Data

    The online ecommerce giant Alibaba has used natural language processing to generate product descriptions for years while Alphabet, the parent company of Google, started developing self-driving cars using artificial intelligence (AI) as far back as 2009. More recently, and with the widespread adoption of ChatGPT, Coca-Cola and SnapChat announced they’re incorporating AI into their business […]
  • The Decade Ahead: Evolving Your Company into a Skills-Based Organization

    Ten years from now, traditional job roles will have likely gone the way of the flip phone. “You won’t get paid based on your job title or geography. You will get paid based on each and every skill at every skill level,” David Blake, Degreed CEO, told a room of 350 learning professionals at Degreed […]
  • What Is a Skills Taxonomy? And Why Is Your Competency Model Obsolete?

    Michael Jordan famously practiced and perfected his basketball skills five hours per day, six days a week in the off-season. To become the best, people have to “be like Mike,” as the saying goes, and put in hours of hard work. Just like Mike, everyday workers need to build skills with practice. Skills are needed […]
  • Making Skills The Great Equalizer: L&D Enables DEIB

    The number of DEIB programs at colleges and universities is growing, but your company can’t wait up to four years for newly-minted DEIB experts to arrive. In fact, you might not be able to wait days or weeks. Why? Lack of support is driving many people already working in DEIB enablement to look for new […]
  • Creating a Common Language for Skills that Drives the Future of Work

    Creating foundations is one of the oldest human activities. These stone, wood, mud and straw structures that stabilize homes and buildings date back as far as the Neolithic Age. They were essential to the progression of humanity, helping people settle, embrace agriculture and build towns and cities. People today face a similar phenomenon as work […]
  • Degreed Peer Ratings: Your 360-degree View of Skills

    Talent development professionals spend a lot of time talking about skills, but few of them fully understand what skills their employees have. Part of the challenge is that to truly assess an individual’s proficiencies, multiple perspectives and data sources are needed.  Individuals and their managers certainly provide valuable viewpoints on skills, which is why Degreed […]
  • Don’t Let the Skills Gap Swallow Your Organization

    When I hear “skills gap,” I think of a chasm as wide as the Grand Canyon quaking, like it’s the backdrop for the penultimate scene in a bad 90s action movie. Maybe I’m a little dramatic, but the skills gap is really rocking the talent development space lately — and it’s only getting worse.  From […]
  • Skills and Competencies: What’s the Difference?

    Skills and competencies: what’s the difference? Depending on who you ask, you might get complicated answers. We’re making it simple. Read to learn more.
  • LXPs Are Here to Stay — and They’re Driving Business Strategy

    The marks made by LXPs are undeniable. Let’s explore some of their significant contributions to new standards for learning — and how Degreed fits in.
  • Skills for the Win: How to Cultivate a Growth Mindset

    Last year, with professional sports teams quarantined, millions of sports fans tuned in for The Last Dance, a documentary series about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Some expected a one-sided basketball success story since that team won six NBA championships. Instead, the series showcased the team’s struggles. Jordan, cut from his high school team, […]
  • Upskilling Next-Gen Leaders: Why, How, and What Skills Are Needed

    With fundamental changes at work, forward-thinking companies are focusing on upskilling leadership. Find out what skills are needed for next-gen leaders.
  • Building Your Upskilling Strategy: Data vs. People

    Need a helping hand with building your company’s upskilling strategy? Answer a few foundational questions to plan out your next actionable steps.
  • 4 Takeaways from Cisco’s Learning Strategy

    Degreed spoke to Josh Clark, Director of Learning & Careers at Cisco to discuss learning strategies, measuring success, and future plans.
  • Build Your Skills Inventory with Diverse Skill Data

    When it comes to data, more is better. This doesn’t just mean more data points, it also means a more diverse set of data points. When building an organizational skills inventory, diverse data sets can ensure you are getting the most accurate and comprehensive view of the skills your org has and those it needs. […]
  • How to Get the Workforce Skills You Need for 2021

    In response to COVID-19, companies around the world are pulling back on upskilling. And yet, six in ten workers say the ongoing global pandemic and resulting economic crisis are accelerating their need for new workforce skills, according to our report The State of Skills 2021. Moreover, nearly half (46%) of all workers surveyed say their […]
  • Upskilling For Business Recovery | Degreed State of Skills Report 2021

    Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the global skills crisis cost trillions of dollars in lost GDP.  Now, millions fear that the crisis as we’ve known it is worsening — that the gap between high skill jobs and the skilled workers available to fill those positions is growing at a faster rate.  Navigating this conundrum is […]
  • How Corporate Giants Rely on Human Skills to Get Ahead

    When the economy collapsed in 2008, the recession exposed U.S. automakers. General Motors and Chrysler needed the federal government to bail them out. Analysts complained that these car companies got complacent, neglecting innovation in search of short-term profits. In hindsight, it all seems obvious. The climate crisis, autonomous vehicles, and ride-sharing are now revolutionizing the […]
  • Pinpointing the Right Skills to Activate Performance

    “The only way to survive is to continuously transform into something else. It’s this idea of continuous transformation that makes an innovative company.” Ginni Rometty, CEO, IBM Technology is everywhere, transformation is everywhere, and we’re using technologies to drive business transformations constantly. Many organizations ponder “the future of work” but the reality is that the […]
  • When the Competency Model Breaks Down: How to Map Skills to Roles

    This article is based on a presentation from our annual conference, Degreed LENS. Find the full video of the presentation at the bottom of this page. By now most of us have caught on to the idea that talking about skills is cool, and many companies are simply replacing the word learning with skills. It […]
  • ATB Financial: Equipping a Team of 5,500 with Future-Forward Skills

    When talent leaders at ATB Financial envisioned the future of work there, they saw an organization staffed by employees with a growth mindset. They sought people who were adaptable. And they wanted to see people feeding an insatiable appetite to learn. To get there, the company needed to provide a better learning experience to its […]
  • Product Insider: Fire Up Our Skills I/O to Ignite Internal Mobility

    It’s not news that skills are shifting faster than ever before. We used to train at the start of our careers and then use those same skills throughout our professional lives. Today the half-life of a skill has fallen to just five years. With the pressure to constantly learn and upskill, but without a clear […]
  • Hatch a Proactive Plan for the Future with Emerging Skills

    It’s hard enough filling talent gaps for critical roles. Add the accelerating pace of technological and economic change to your workforce, and it becomes increasingly difficult to know what skills will be critical tomorrow.  A future-proof talent strategy needs to account for all skills — including emerging skills — essential to products, service development, and […]
  • How to Build Your Own Incubator of Emerging Skills

    This year has brought with it unexpected challenges in almost every aspect of our lives, and through this experience, it has become clear that we cannot predict the future. But we can focus on developing the right emerging skills that will allow us to respond easily to future challenges with a workforce that can move […]
  • How Cargill Redesigned Its Learning Strategy From the Ground Up

    Cargill knows how to scale. For over 150 years, the company has worked with farmers and customers to sustain our food system. Still a family-owned business after multiple generations, Cargill is the largest private company in the United States in terms of revenue. Learning has been key to Cargill’s past success but its approach quickly […]
  • Product Insider: Building a Common Language for Skills

    Change will never move as slowly as it does today. Our world is continuously undergoing changes, many of which we see most prominently in our workforce and organizations. How they operate, structure themselves, and how work is managed continues to evolve with technological and social developments. In response to this, skills are continuously evolving and […]
  • Skills Lifecycle Part 4: Skill Development

    You’ve heard of The Beatles, right? The first iconic boy band from Liverpool who crafted lyrics, legacy, and legend in the 1960s. But they didn’t get there overnight. Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers: The Story of Success, features the story of The Beatles as one of the proof points of his assertion that mastery […]
  • The Skills Lifecycle Part 3: Curation is the new Creation

    Mankind has fixated on the mysteries of the sun, moon, and stars since the dawn of time. Early Mesopotamians characterized the world as a flat, floating disk. Other ancient traditions imagined a mountain or layered temple ascending heavenward before new calculations helped the astute perceive the earth as spherical, which space exploration eventually confirmed. New […]
  • The 3 New Skills all L&D People Need

    Most organizations are feeling the burn of the changes happening in L&D. 60-year careers, multiple generations, a dispersed workforce, decreasing skill tenures. It’s a lot to take on, and it’s putting more pressure on our team’s than ever before. As practitioners, we must be continuously well-versed in at least several areas of expertise to remain […]
  • How CLOs Are Rethinking the Learning Strategy for Both Short and Long Term Development of Employees

    As much as we would like to believe it, and as nice as it sounds, we don’t develop our people out of the goodness of our own hearts.  Businesses have important goals and a bottom line, and in order to hit those goals, they need to make money.  And if they don’t, shareholders, customers, and employees are […]
  • The 3 Most Important Questions for Your Digital Learning Strategy

    Many learning leaders are rethinking their strategy and want to incorporate more digital components to what they are doing with learning.  This means thinking beyond traditional models of classroom training, e-learning, and the limited functionality of an LMS. The reality is that people have information available at their fingertips and there is an abundance of […]
  • 4 Big L&D Strategies to Explore in 2024

    Should any of us be surprised that the learning and development industry is, well, learning and developing? Advancements in modern technologies like AI are great. Adopting a skills-first mindset is wonderful. But even when you make a living advocating for learning, it doesn’t suddenly make change simple or easy.  Big shifts like these call for […]
  • Degreed + SAP SuccessFactors: All Your Learning in One Place

    Our partnership started over a decade ago, and it just continues to get stronger with time: Degreed + SAP SucccessFactors.
  • How to Create a Positive Learning Culture Using Learning Agility

    As a Client Engagement Partner, I’ve heard all sorts of visions from our clients for what they want to accomplish: “We want to instill a growth mindset.”  And . . . “We want to make learners take responsibility for their own learning.”  To . . . “We want to grow skills critical toward our business’ […]
  • Flexibility, Support, Value: That’s the Degreed Client Experience

    When you buy Degreed, you get more than an intuitive solution. You get a whole team of partners. Learn how the Degreed client experience sets you up to win.
  • Understanding the Differences Between an HCM, LMS and LXP

    LMS, LXP, LEP, HCM, knowledge cloud— what do all these terms really mean? And more importantly, how do they integrate? Read our latest blog to find out.
  • Now It’s Personal: Effective Upskilling Addresses the Individual

    What can your organization do to support an effective upskilling strategy focused on individuals? Try these five adjustments.
  • The Secret to Organizational Agility? Empowering Your Managers.

    The key to organizational agility is enabling and empowering frontline leaders and workers to set and carry out their own skill strategies.
  • 5 Things We Learned at Degreed LENS Lite 2020

    Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes. And to us, our LENS conference is as necessary as it gets. So this year, we went virtual — rescheduling and rebranding our annual flagship event as Degreed LENS Lite. Sure, there were fewer handshakes. And unlike last year’s LENS in Austin, Texas, there was […]
  • Explore the Future of Learning at Degreed LENS Lite

    There may never be a better time than right now to invest in your employees. To embrace new tools. To rethink L&D.  Disruption is underway everywhere and, more and more, it’s feeling like the future of work is here. Questions about skills are top of mind from the C-suite on down: Who’s got ‘em? Who […]
  • That’s a Wrap: The Top 10 Resources of 2019 for Upskilling Your Workforce

    As I look back on 2019, I think about what a year it’s been for companies who are in the middle of major digital transformations, facing the challenge of upskilling and reskilling the workforce of the future. I spend much of my time speaking about and doing research on the future of learning and work, […]
  • How Learning Teams Can Jump-Start AI Experiments

    Today, every learning and talent team should embrace AI experiments. Let’s look at a few ways you can get your AI laboratory up and running. 
  • As HR Pivots, Make L&D the Hero of the Employee Experience

    The number of unemployed workers per open job has decreased over 15 years, and there are now more available positions than people to fill them. It’s putting the squeeze on today’s already tight labor market, and Talent and HR executives don’t always have clear ways to ensure their companies have the skilled talent they need. […]
  • Where to Start? Talent Marketplaces, LXPs, & Degreed

    It’s a talent management question business leaders often ask: Should we roll out an LXP first or deploy a talent marketplace first? When we field that question here at Degreed, we’re quick to dig a bit deeper, asking: What are your goals and challenges? Yes, the learning experience platform (LXP) and the talent marketplace each […]
  • 4 Ways L&D Dodges Skill Development & Why It’s a Mistake

    Let's review the most common reasons L&D professionals either ignore or delay progress with skill development—and why it's a mistake.
  • Time to Learn at Work: Getting Buy-in is a Company Relay

    How can L&D professionals provide employees with more time to learn at work? Focus on reframing the concept and getting buy-in from all levels.
  • Content Curation vs. Creation: Which Is Better for L&D?

    Discover how to choose between content creation and content curation for learning pathways—and how to do it well to ensure you’re maximizing your efforts.
  • L&D Teams Dazzle in Second Degreed Visionary Awards

    Five categories. Thirty-one submissions. Twelve big winners. See what L&D success looks like for the winners of the 2024 Degreed Visionary Awards.
  • Found in Translation: Bridging the Gap Between L&D and the C-Suite

    The first step to aligning L&D with the business? Speak the same language. Here's an L&D crash course to speak C-Suite fluently.
  • Hot or Not? What’s In and What’s Out for L&D in 2024

    Every revolution, poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said, begins as a single thought. When that same thought repeats, capturing the imaginations of more than one thinker, “it is the key to that era.”  From obtaining stakeholder buy-in and boosting end-user adoption to realizing the revolutionary skills-first business model of the future, the success of L&D programs […]
  • Veterans in Civilian Roles: A Business Challenge and Big L&D Opportunity

    I’d just driven over a landmine. As I brought the Humvee to a stop, we found ourselves surprisingly unscathed yet located—in all likelihood—smack dab in the middle of a minefield. With no margin for error, we kept calm, evaluated our options, and chose the least awful exit plan. I slowly backed over the unexploded mine, […]
  • How to Choose a Learning Experience Platform in 2024

    Now more than ten years old, the LXP has evolved a lot. Here is your refreshed guide on how to choose a learning experience platform in 2024.
  • Your L&D with an LXP: Doing Things Differently in 2024

    Big challenges demand strategic solutions. As the new year unfolds, it’s a safe bet taxed learning teams from Boston to Bangkok are huddling and planning. They want to make sure they can deliver over the next 12 months. At some point, those conversations will turn to technology, and likely to the merits of a learning […]
  • 2023 Unwrapped: Big Headlines, New Research, and Emerging Strategies

    We’ve compiled some of the big 2023 L&D headlines, research, and strategies for you to unwrap as the year comes to a close.
  • The Bid Process for Learning Tech: 3 Steps to Get It Right

    So you’re looking to purchase a new learning technology. Congratulations are in order! Caution is too.  Before you hand over the company credit card, it’s wise to take a hard look at exactly where you’re headed. Most likely, you’re entering or about to embark on a procurement or bid process, which typically involves an RFx. […]
  • Debunking Two Upskilling and Reskilling Myths

    How can companies effectively support upskilling and reskilling efforts? Give the time to learn and guidance on their skills journey.
  • Opening Your Organization to Learning Technologies

    Are you one of the 80% of companies that don't use advanced learning technologies? Degreed can help you make a smooth and successful transition.
  • How L&D Can Help Bridge Today’s Return-to-Office Chasm

    Capturing the dynamics of a workplace debate that’s been simmering since the first major onslaught of Covid-19, media outlets around the globe are chronicling story after story after story pitting employees against employers. The friction? More and more companies are requiring their people return to shared, physical office spaces in an end to years of […]
  • Get Wild: A Framework for Natural, People-Centric Learning

    If your endgame is to change the way people learn, designing your solution with your employees at the center of your strategy is critical. It’s certainly much easier to develop your solution within the confines and expertise of a learning team, but that’s a recipe for your new learning initiative to remain on the shelf, […]
  • Boosting Engagement and Performance with Degreed and Microsoft Teams

    Jeopardy host: “For $200 in ‘Corporate Learning,’ this is the most used phrase in L&D.” Winning response: “What is ‘Learning in the flow of work’?”  It’s true “learning in the flow of work” is referenced a lot — in industry thought leadership, on vendor blogs like this one, in L&D team strategy sessions, and more […]
  • 5 Ways to Modernize Tuition Assistance (So It Benefits Everyone!)

    Here are five ways to modernize your company's tuition assistance so every employee can upskill, remain relevant, and grow their careers.
  • How the Workforce Learns: Our 2023 Report on Driving Business Impact Through L&D

    When learning leaders at Associa went looking for a way to enhance employee development and help people obtain or maintain important industry certifications, they landed on a strategy that brought people together for live, instructor-led, virtual sessions. Why? Social interaction encouraged attendance and engagement. The approach saved the Dallas-based residential management firm (a Degreed client) […]
  • Learning in APAC: IBS Software Among Innovators Embracing L&D Tech

    Enhancing workplace culture — and preparing for the future — rank among the most important factors guiding the next chapter of learning across APAC. And it’s clear learning technologies will continue to play a key role in helping companies meet those goals. Researchers recently took the pulse of L&D and HR leaders across the Asia-Pacific region […]
  • Learning Academies 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Learning academies are the next big thing in corporate learning, and this gives you everything you need to know: definitions, use cases, tips, and more.
  • Learning Stipends 101: Everything Your Company Needs to Know

    In this article, we break down everything you need to know about learning stipends: what they are, why companies use them, and more.
  • Choose Your Own Upskilling Adventure With the Right Corporate Learning Solutions

    The learning tech marketplace is a wild place that leaves L&D leaders with endless options and decisions to make. To make matters worse, the corporate learning solutions begin to blend together with their similar names, myriad terms, and definitions. In the end, it’s just a messy technology alphabet soup: LMS, LXP, TXP HRIS, and the […]
  • Experiencing L&D Growing Pains? Look to Your Learning Ecosystem

    Being an L&D leader in 2023 is rough. The C-Suite expects more and more, and the learning technology solutions available to meet those expectations seem endless. Understandably, so many challenges lead to serious growing pains: These can make the connection between L&D and business outcomes ambiguous at best, but most of today’s L&D struggles are […]
  • Degreed Dialogue: Upskilling in an Economic Downturn

    Recession. Pandemic. The unknown. If it’s not one challenge impacting the smooth, successful application of your L&D programs, it’s another. Uncertainty reigns, so now’s the time to take stock — and to think about making some essential changes. “It’s intelligent and wise for us to always be prepared, wherever we are on that roller coaster,” […]
  • Plug Skill Gaps & Make Economic Downturn Your L&D Opportunity

    Nobody wants to see an economic downturn. But L&D can still spin gold. You can make tough times your time to shine. When creative action becomes urgent, you can demonstrate agility in spades, show the rest of the business a thing or two about how to pivot, and prove L&D programs threatened with budget cuts […]
  • Motivational Learning That Answers “What’s in It For Me?”

    “What motivates you?” Ask 20 people and you’ll get 20 different answers. “What’s in it for me?” It’s the primary question people ask themselves every time they log into your company’s learning platform. These questions matter, and smart L&D pros understand how much the answers can impact the success of talent development programs. That’s why […]
  • Beating Recession: Align L&D and Retain Your Budget

    It’s the bad news no L&D pro wants to hear: Times are tough, and the cuts we’re making everywhere include learning. The financial hardships rooted in Covid-19 — now compounded by threat of recession — can devastate your company’s revenue and obliterate any business unit. Organizations around the world are operating on economic quicksand. In […]
  • Gazing into the Future of L&D in 2023

    It’s that time of year when we gaze into our crystal ball and explore what 2023 has in store for L&D teams. Suffice to say, it’s been a rollercoaster few months for employers and employees alike. Many organizations are adapting, yet again, to changes in the status quo. Let’s explore what talent development experts here […]
  • Dasa Powers Technology Training Academy with Degreed

    Rodrigo Lima da Silva, today’s guest blogger, is a training analyst at Dasa. At Dasa, we operate the largest integrated health network in Brazil. Our work touches the lives of more than 20 million people a year. We approach health management in preventive, predictive and personalized ways. As we’ve made major investments in digital transformation, […]
  • Talent Academies: What’s Next for Agile L&D

    These are unprecedented times in L&D. The blazing speed of today’s business innovation coupled with the rise of a distributed workforce demands a more effective, agile way of learning. Digital transformation accelerated after the arrival of COVID-19 — so much that several years worth of innovations happened in mere months. The proliferation of remote work […]
  • More than an LXP: The Next Decade with Degreed

    Learning requires more than just a learning experience platform. Full stop. We’re not afraid to say it. We have and will always advocate for learning by choice, and we became the first LXP by necessity.  But the world of work needs something more, and we’re ready. “We are the first platform that can truly meet […]
  • How to Give Your People On-the-Job Training They Crave

    We’ve heard it over and over: When you treat your people like more than a number, they give back to your organization. If you develop your workforce by giving people opportunities to learn and grow on their own, they’ll become more productive, innovative and engaged. And when your company culture emphasizes learning, you can help your […]
  • Employee-Driven Learning: 4 Tips for Facilitating Freedom

    The workplace is changing quickly. Talent development looks a lot different than it used to. People are more independent. Smart investment that boosts employee engagement and retention and ensures the content your people consume is applied back on the job is more important than ever. According to one recent survey, 67% of HR managers saw training budgets […]
  • 5 Ways to Engage Deskless Workers with Learning

    Deskless workers are the backbone of manufacturing, construction, shipping, energy and other key industries that play a fundamental role in supporting the global economy. And as supply chains continue to be severely stretched worldwide, innovative talent development professionals are closing their organization-wide skill gaps by upskilling frontline workers with new learning opportunities. “Deskless jobs in these […]
  • How to Enhance Your Virtual Onboarding Process with Learning

    First impressions matter when it comes to employee-employer relationships. Onboarding helps determine how productive a new hire will be — and could even  impact how long that employee stays with your organization. As more of the world embraces remote or hybrid work, companies face new challenges getting people up and running quickly. With virtual onboarding, you […]
  • Let’s Say it Out Loud: Learning Combats Quiet Quitting

    A new movement is gaining momentum amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As people reimagine what work can look like, some are embracing the trend of “quiet quitting,” also known as “acting your wage.” The concept revolves around leaving the hustle mentality behind. Instead of going above and beyond, people are doing only what their job […]
  • New Degreed & Workday Partnership: More Skill Data for Smarter L&D

    One of the biggest advantages of an open learning ecosystem is the opportunity for L&D teams to generate — and use — a wealth of employee skill data. The most innovative L&D teams use skill data to create personalized learning experiences, because understanding what skills people have and want makes for better, more relevant content recommendations, mentorships […]
  • Cooked to Perfection: Learning Elevates the Employee Engagement Recipe

    My go-to pandemic binge has been the reality cooking show Top Chef. It’s comforting, great with a snack or glass of wine and an excellent example of how talent is strengthened through learning.  Like a delicious jus, hollandaise or demi-glace, learning can be your “secret sauce” to employee engagement. Employee engagement has played a big […]
  • Four Key Traits of Lifelong Learning, Your Business Differentiator

    Traditionally-career-minded people are the type of employee motivated to work full time for competitive compensation and perks. And while they care about work-life balance, they’re willing to make tradeoffs for the sake of their jobs, according to new research from McKinsey & Company. Yet even the most risk-averse stalwarts of the labor pool have acquiesced […]
  • What is an Open Learning Ecosystem?

    Employees interact with several systems every day, from payroll programs to online messaging platforms to learning management systems (LMSs). With so many tools to keep track of and update, you might be noticing your employees are experiencing system fatigue — especially when systems can’t interact or integrate with one another. Picture the playground at your […]
  • How a Positive Learning Culture Can Impact Attrition and Attraction

    Workers are seeking out companies with a culture focused on learning. Learn how a positive learning culture can impact attrition and attraction.
  • Transforming Learning Across Healthcare Organizations

    Healthcare professionals are expected to stay up to date with new information. Learn how healthcare organizations are transforming learning and development.
  • Here’s Why Talent Development Comes Down to People Managers

    Talent development planning doesn't have to be complicated. Read to find out how to build a strong talent development strategy in four steps.
  • How People-Centric Learning Builds a Better Future of Work

    L&D has the ability to impact the future of work. Discover how focusing on your people can make a big impact on your learning strategy and company success.
  • What’s the Difference Between Degreed and ____?

    We get asked all the time: “What’s the difference between Degreed and…” Well, it depends. Consider these three questions to offer some perspective.
  • What Open vs. Closed Ecosystems Mean for Your L&D Tech

    Tech people talk a lot about whether an open ecosystem or a closed system is better for business. Discover why it matters for your L&D technology.
  • What’s a Learning Experience Platform? Learning Tech FAQs Answered

    What's a learning experience platform? A learning management system? We've got answers to your most common learning technology questions.
  • Managers Can Help Enable Performance

    Managers play a pivotal role in a performance enablement strategy. Discover how managers can set their people up for success.
  • Upskilling Survival Guide, Part 3: Improve Careers with Experiential Learning

    The competition for talent isn’t stopping any time soon. Learn how you can improve career experience and retention through experiential learning.
  • 4 Ways Every Manager Can Create a Positive Learning Culture

    Managers are uniquely positioned to affect change. Read to discover how supportive manager behavior can help build a positive learning culture.
  • Invest Wisely: Help Your People Learn How to Learn

    World-renowned organizations are investing heavily in upskilling. Find out why learning at work is crucial for every company.
  • Upskilling Survival Guide, Part 2: Close Skill Gaps with Data

    Learn how using skill analytics can give you vital insights into your workforce and help you address the skills gap head-on at your organization.
  • The Future of L&D: Meeting New Expectations in 2022

    The pressure is increasing, expectations for L&D are changing. Read to find what it will take to be successful in the new future of L&D.
  • Upskilling Survival Guide, Part 1: Engage With Continuous Learning

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  • Lights, Camera, L&D: Innovating in 2022

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  • How The Workforce Learns: Learning In (And Beyond) The Flow Of Work

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  • How Stories Can Maximize L&D Potential

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  • Lojas Renner S.A.: Our First LATAM Client with Degreed Career Mobility

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  • Degreed LENS 2021: Insightful, Inspirational, and In-Person

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  • How To Build a Learning Culture: You Asked, We Answered

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  • The Difference Between Talent and Opportunity Marketplaces

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  • How to Achieve Career Mobility Through Positive Enablement

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  • You’re Buying Too Much Talent. It’s Time to Build and Borrow.

    The lifespan of large, successful companies has never been shorter. In fact, more than half of the companies in today’s S&P 500 index were not in it 20 years ago.  Why the turnover? Some companies go private. Some merge or are bought out. Others stagnate or go out of business. It’s a trend that’s accelerating, […]
  • Our Favorite Questions from Degreed LENS Lite 2021

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  • The History of Degreed: Mission-Driven Momentum

    Novelist Robert Louis Stevenson made the case for patiently taking iterative actions that add up to something big: “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” That timeless take is reflected in Degreed’s history, and perhaps even more so when we’ve got big news — like the […]
  • An Introduction to Degreed: Your Learning & Upskilling Platform

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  • Your Five Workforce Mobility Strategies for 2021

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  • Shape Learning at Your Org with the New Customizable Browse

    What makes a learning experience great? It starts with content that meets people’s needs and presents clear, practical benefits that help keep them motivated. To help you give your people the content they need, Degreed includes three key curation tools: Pathways, Plans, and Directories. But even the best content isn’t enough. That’s why 62% of […]
  • Skill Data Dictionary Part 2: Organization

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  • Upskilling Your People: Getting Started with Skill Data

    No matter how or why you’re upskilling your people, there’s a reliable way to make learning click: make it relevant. And one of the key ingredients to relevant learning is skill data. Familiarizing yourself with the concepts behind skill data doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Understanding what it is, where it comes from, and how […]
  • The New Learning Metrics: Demonstrating Business Value and Impact

    Telling your workforce development story — in fresh ways with new metrics — can capture the attention of your business leaders and make your learning program an important business priority.  Maybe your program’s already a priority. You’ve still got a story to tell, one that reinforces the value and impact of learning, talent development, and career […]
  • Success Story: At Itaú, HR & IT Unite to Make Learning Work

    As the new Head of Attraction & Development, Raquel Andrade knew that learning programs at Itaú Unibanco, the largest private sector bank in Brazil, needed attention.  Technologies like cloud computing, APIs, and blockchain had disrupted the financial services industry. Itaú needed a digital transformation to stay relevant and continue providing top-notch services to its 56 […]
  • Skill-Building in Degreed: Making Your People Better, Faster

    If your company’s like most, it’s using several systems that make HR processes — like enrolling workers in benefits, processing payroll, conducting engagement surveys, or tracking job applications — more efficient, automated, and self-service. But these systems are rarely designed to empower workers and team managers to go beyond standardized HR processes. As a result, they’re not […]
  • Career Mobility: What to Look for In a Technology Solution

    Some work tasks, like enrolling in benefits, requesting time off, or completing a performance review, only happen once or twice a year.  For the most part, these activities take place on tucked-away platforms built for an administrator — not your workforce — to standardize and automate processes. Important opportunities for career growth often are buried […]
  • BMO Financial Goes Bold on Talent with Degreed

    BMO didn’t want people to simply build skills for today. Leaders there wanted workers developing for the future — to prepare every single one of the bank’s 46,000 people for whatever challenges may come next year, five years from now, even 10 years down the line. “We’re focused on being bold on talent, so we have […]
  • 6 Steps to Align L&D with Your Business

    When transforming the way your department operates, it’s easy to look straight to a new tool to kickstart that change. Perhaps that’s why two of every three talent development leaders are looking for new solutions to transform their people and their organizations. But true transformation cannot come from one siloed sector of the business — […]
  • Introducing Degreed Career Mobility

    At Degreed, we have one overarching vision: enable people to continuously grow and advance their careers based on their skills. And we do that by building products that focus on the personalized needs of your employees.  That’s why today we’re announcing the arrival of Degreed Career Mobility — a new tool designed to make skill-building […]
  • Designing Technology for the Workforce vs. HR

    Solution providers have been developing HR technology for generations. First, there were custom-built solutions (the first business application developed was Payroll). Then, vendors developed mainframe (McCormack & Dodge, MSA, Tesseract) and mini-computer-based (Cyborg, Lawson, Ross Systems) packaged applications. Next, client/server applications (Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP R/3) arrived on the scene. Today, we have software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions. […]
  • PepsiCo Pops the Top on a New Learning Mindset

    Every organization has its own folklore. Every department does too, and that includes the learning space. At PepsiCo, we love to share common wisdom among our global teams, talent management partners, and other employees. There was a time when we talked about things like completions as a critical measure of success, in-person or instructor-led training […]
  • Same Values, New L&D: Natura Employees Now Own Their Own Upskilling

    Personal care and cosmetics company Natura was always a pioneering organization, promoting positive relationships with nature since its humble beginnings in 1969. And it’s always approached sales from a standpoint of helping customers maintain healthy relationships with themselves. Its ads feature everyday women, not supermodels. More recently in 2014, Natura was the first publicly-traded company […]
  • Movin’ On Up: How Internal Mobility is all About People

    Over the past several years, it’s grown harder and harder to talk about jobs, hiring, and careers without a conversation about automation, and yes, even robots. Walk into a McDonald’s, Walmart, or Aloft Hotel and you may find an electronic worker greeting or serving you. And while it seems we’re getting close to the world […]
  • A Global Balancing Act: Firm Puts L&D on the Right Foot With Degreed

    To operate smoothly, one of the world’s top professional services organizations must carefully balance independence with cooperation.  The organization* functions as a global network, not a single firm, because decentralization helps it navigate complex regulatory frameworks in many different countries. That’s the independence part. Cooperation comes into play because the network pools its resources and […]
  • Degreed Features: These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things

    We take learning pretty seriously at Degreed. So seriously, in fact, each employee is given a stipend to spend on learning whatever we want, however we want. We learn about our roles at work and in-demand skills as well as winemaking, baseball, surfing, cooking, churning our own butter — you name it, we’ve learned it. […]
  • Public Content, No Disclaimers: Building the Degreed Learning Index

    In the dark ages, libraries existed to safeguard the few valuable pieces of content available. If you wanted to learn a subject, there were few options. Contrast that with today, when searching “How to learn data science” gives us 3.3 billion results in seconds. There is a wealth of excellent learning materials lost amidst the […]
  • 3 Common Upskilling Fails and How to Avoid Them

    Perhaps you’re on a mission to boost employee engagement. Maybe you’re trying to supercharge your company culture. Maybe you’re embracing new technologies, evolving your business strategy with new product innovations, or reacting to the unprecedented HR challenges brought on by COVID-19. For these reasons and more, you’re looking to put an upskilling structure into place […]
  • Let Go of Letting People Go: A Business Case for Labour Hoarding

    I’d like to think we can agree on this: People are the most valuable asset of any business. People are responsible for the knowledge, skills, and innovation that create economic well being. This is the promise of human capital. Yet 49% of companies in the United States that responded to a recent survey were considering […]
  • A Seismic Shift: The 5 Steps of Unilever’s Learning Transformation

    Unilever is well known for its ubiquitous brands: Dove, Lipton, Hellman’s, Axe, Ben & Jerry’s. In fact, you’ve likely used or consumed at least one Unilever product today — if not multiple products. Powered by 140,000 employees in over 100 countries, the consumer goods company must adapt continuously to countless competitors, complex supply chains, and […]
  • 7 Steps for Upskilling That Support Internal Mobility

    A new project. A stretch assignment. Even a new role. Providing your employees with fresh opportunities is good for them, and it’s good for your organization. Employees get to learn and grow, which boosts their morale. At the same time, your company benefits from higher employee retention, which means people who’ve developed a thorough knowledge […]
  • Why Managers Are Perfectly Positioned to Help Workers Learn

    What limits our learning? Anyone can give a few guesses — fear of failure, uncertain priorities, distracting TikTok videos — but Degreed decided to find out for sure. In our latest research report, How the Workforce Learns, we asked hundreds of workers about the biggest obstacles to their learning and development. Here’s what they said: […]
  • Navigating the New Normal: Advice from Degreed Clients | Ford

    For some businesses — like Degreed — remote work is built into the fabric of company culture. For others, it’s a new experience. We’re interviewing clients to find out how they’re supporting their remote workforces, creating virtual learning programs, and maintaining productivity in unusual times. We hope that by sharing these insights and real stories, […]
  • Change of Plans: Updates on Degreed Events

    Current events have certainly altered life as we know it. For now, we must forgo face-to-face and embrace the technological tools that can still keep us connected. Like many, we’ve postponed all of our upcoming events and transitioned them to virtual discussions and meetups. Don’t worry – you’ll still get the same great content and […]
  • Navigating the New Normal: Advice from Degreed Clients | Cargill

    For some—like Degreed—remote work is built into the fabric of company culture. For others, operating without the comforts of a cubicle and the familiarity of in-person connections is a brand-new experience. The situation we’ve all found ourselves in is unprecedented. How can we keep focus when distractions lurk around every corner? How do we stay […]
  • Implementing Enterprise Technology: Easy as 1,2,3,4

    Implementing enterprise technology is hard, especially when it comes to ensuring your HR records talk to your LMS — which often informs business intelligence tools. From the different entities to the multiple languages to all of the items that have to communicate together, it can be like drafting an international peace treaty. At Degreed, we’ve […]
  • The 5 Most Important Capabilities for Your Learning Ecosystem

    We’ve spent a lot of time with clients, at conferences, reading industry research, and combing through blogs. Through it all, one phrase we keep hearing in regards to the current state of corporate learning is “out of sync”. In fact, in a recent survey of workers and managers we conducted with Harvard Business Publishing, the […]
  • Vetting Vendors: Three Tips For a Thriving Learning Ecosystem

    Over the years, L&D has been split. Some want the old methods to stay and sit. Others buy every shiny new tool that hits. But ultimately, we all just want something that fits. All in all, it’s enough to make Dr. Suess’s head spin. Between these extremes, the smartest organizations are finding vendors that fit […]
  • Use Your LXP to Motivate Learning and Increase Employee Engagement

    Motivating employees to pursue learning can be a huge pain for corporate learning leaders. The idea of making schedule changes and building learning habits can be daunting, especially without a clear strategy or proper motivation. What this results in is the average worker dedicating a modest 24 minutes a week to learning. In a rapidly-changing […]
  • Four Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Technology Investment

    In most organizations, learning and development budgets are tight, even when L&D is expected to play a transformational role within the company. Often, success requires maximizing the budget or using existing technology your team already has access to. So how can you make the most out of your investments in learning technology? While the right […]
  • Empowering the Frontline: Teaching Managers to be L&D Pros

    Over half of all employees will require significant reskilling and upskilling by 2022, which means that as a learning and development (L&D) professional, you’re likely busier than ever before. And while there are no silver bullet answers, there are more resources at your disposal than you may think. Your line managers are the perfect untapped […]
  • Stop Stealing Careers

    What is Enterprise Learning For? The purpose of enterprise learning or learning and development is just that: the learning and development of employees at work. But if that is truly its sole purpose, then unfortunately many companies are missing the mark. In our most recent study, our respondents gave their L&D solutions an average of […]
  • Behold the Power! Harnessing Skill Review Data

    The skill gap is real. In fact, according to PwC’s Talent Trends 2019, 79% of CEOs worldwide are concerned their teams lack the skills they need for the future. And PWC’s top takeaway from the survey was that people-related analytics must improve.  Data-driven skill assessments can offer the insights leaders need to address skill gaps […]
  • Behind the Glasses: Meet Scott Smith

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  • Enter the Multiverse: Instant Content Integration

    With an ever-growing demand for diverse learning resources in today’s workforce, it’s becoming harder to navigate the vast ocean of available content. How do you find the right learning technology to meet the needs of all your employees? Training Magazine notes that “the #1 barrier to buyers’ satisfaction with learning technology is not user experience. […]
  • How the Workforce Learns: User-Generated Content

    The most mature L&D teams are three-times more likely to enable user-generated content. Learn more in our blog.
  • A History of L&D: Learning From the Past to Build the Future

    “When experts are wrong, it’s often because they’re experts on an earlier version of the world.” -Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator Think back to 1999. Do you remember what you were an expert on — Dawson’s Creek, Third Eye Blind, Super Smash Bros? Fast forward to now; is any of that stuff still relevant? […]
  • Good Things Come in Three: L&D Trends and Questions to Assess a Learning Technology Vendor

    With constantly evolving technology, staying current with the direction and trends of the human capital industry is a full-time job — and a crucial one. With constant talk of the widening skills gap and retention as one of the largest pain points for businesses, L&D strategies are not only emerging as a clear solution, but […]
  • Case Study: How Citi Built the L&D Team of the Future

    When Citi transitioned to a SaaS learning vendor — away from an on-premise LMS — it forced a change in how they operated, which meant new processes and roles. Specifically, Citi had to make shifts across operations, technology, and L&D functions in order to be able to support the new model. Using Degreed, they set […]
  • It Takes More Than Just Sticks and Spit: How to Build Your Foundation on Degreed

    Degreed fosters the successful upskilling and learning transformation of businesses by building a solid foundation within the platform.
  • Our Top 10 Picks to Keep You On Top

    L&D is an ever-evolving world and staying on top of it all can be a monumental task. But don’t sweat it, because Degreed’s got your back. We went into our shed, grabbed the pickaxes and shovels, and dug deep to find the best L&D articles, podcasts, and videos out right now. This top-10 list is […]
  • Degreed Does Data: Machine Learning

    Data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are disrupting everything we know, in ways that most of us don’t understand — yet. To help you keep up, we’ve launched a new series, Degreed Does Data. We’ll dive deep into these topics, simplify their complexities, explain their potential impact, and break down the dramatic ways they’ll change […]
  • Learning Experience: Just the Beginning

    In case you didn’t notice it, there has been a monumental shift in the learning market, with analysts beginning to diagnose a new trend. A 2018-2019 Sierra Cedar whitepaper cites Learning Experience Platforms (LXP) as “an emerging trend in the Talent Management application space.” Brandon Hall is calling it “the beginning of a movement that […]
  • Degreed Announces $42M Series C Financing

    Today is a milestone for us as we announce $42M Series C financing, along with new executive roles for David Blake and Chris McCarthy. First, though, a huge thank you. We are incredibly grateful not just to our investors, but to all of you – our employees, our clients, our partners, and our families and […]
  • Degreed and IP Innovations Bring Informal Learning to Japan

    Degreed is proud to announce our partnership with IP Innovations. Our partnership enables IP Innovations to offer Degreed to the commercial enterprise markets and makes Degreed the first skills-building learning platform in Japan. As a country, Japan currently relies on traditional learning management systems (LMS) and formal learning processes and training programs. However, there is […]
  • How to Fix the Digital Talent Supply Chain

    The world’s largest companies are pushing a digital technology agenda that is changing the way the rest of the world works. Over $ 1.7 trillion in market capitalization resides in just four digital business masters: Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook. It seems companies have no choice but to innovate if they want to compete and […]
  • The Structure You Need to Reimagine Learning

    What would you do if you could build a vision and strategy for learning at your company completely from scratch?  What would your structure and plan be? What specific things would you continue doing and what would you do differently? The world of learning and work is changing dramatically so you may want to consider a […]
  • Reinventing Learning Content for Next-Generation Learners

    Everyone in L&D is obsessed with innovation and leveraging new approaches to learning to get better results. In July’s Webinar we teamed up with Comcast’s Eric VanDerSluis to give you some ideas on how to get started reinventing learning content for the next-generation learners. There is a lot of research out there on putting learners first. […]
  • How to Make the Shift to Learner First

    In the Putting Learners First webinar, VP of Product Marketing Todd Tauber, dived into the problems with L&D approaches, what it’ll take to start putting learners first, and how to start rewiring L&D to provide what people and employers need. In Part II of the Webinar Recap: ‘Putting Learners First’ we’ll dive into what it takes […]
  • Webinar Recap: Putting Learners First

    When it comes to Learning and Development approaches, it’s time to put the Learner first. Here’s a quick recap if you missed our May Webinar, catch up and tweet us any questions or comments @degreed. Let’s start with why. You may notice some problems or feel a need for change within your processes. Here’s why […]
  • How to Build a Learning Culture at Your Company

    Did you miss our webinar on Building a Learning Culture? Catch up with this wrap-up and tell us your thoughts on learning cultures by tweeting us @Degreed First, why build a learning culture? In 2009, Bersin by Deloitte surveyed 40,000 organizations to see how they used various HR & training processes and how they performed […]
  • Skill Frameworks: 3 Simple Options to Jumpstart Your Skills Strategy

    Turning your company into a skills-based learning organization often can feel like running your first marathon. Sometimes, the long journey seems so intimidating you never even start to train. But successful athletes know the hard truth: If you don’t start somewhere, you’ll never move an inch. The same dynamics apply to creating your first skills […]
  • Glad Employees, Happy Shareholders: A Skills Strategy Benefitting Both

    As a 140-year-old company, Prudential is a financial services giant, constantly working to reinvent itself — especially now as advances in automation lead to business efficiencies. And yet Vice Chairman Robert Falzon, in a recent podcast interview with Joe Fuller of Harvard Business School, described the company’s commitment to cultivating the capabilities of its 50,000 […]
  • How to Shift from a Competency Model to a Skills Strategy in 5 Steps

    Competency models are complicated. The list of competencies is often never-ending, bloated with dozens of buzzwords, and each one typically includes several repetitive paragraphs to describe various levels of performance. In short, they’re hard to quantify and that makes them hard to manage.  This limits your organization’s ability to analyze and adapt. Competency models were […]
  • Enter the Skills Matrix: How the Exness Strategy Won Gold

    The founder of the eLearning Industry recently called skill matrices “one of the most valuable tools you can use to evaluate the skills and competencies of your workforce.” Similarly, the experts at Training Industry said skill matrices can be “a game-changer for organizations.” Skill matrices can serve as a key building block of the skills-based […]
  • Building the Foundation for Your Skills-Based Organization Strategy

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    First, it was competency frameworks. Then it was skill taxonomies. Both suffer from the same challenges: they’re hard to build and even harder to keep up to date. Can AI help? Let’s find out. Why do organizations need taxonomies? For most companies, employees are the biggest expense (and asset). But how companies invest in those […]
  • From Global L&D Experts: Insights on Skills, Data, Business Alignment, and AI

    It’s time for lifelong learning to grow up. That’s what Degreed CEO David Blake said at Degreed LENS 2024. And he’s right. Lifelong learning, as it stands today, is begging to be re-energized and innovated. “Today, we lifelong learn like most of us exercise, which is ‘kinda-sorta.’ It isn’t good enough. Not anymore,” Blake said. […]
  • The Degreed Vision: Automation, AI, and a Skills-first Future

    Explore the Degreed product roadmap for 2024 and beyond.
  • Orchestrating All Learning & Navigating a Skills-based Future with Degreed

    In today’s world of work, learning means more than people consuming content. And a winning learning solution does a lot more than simply serve up relevant courses and videos. Businesses today face critical learning needs that begin at employee onboarding and never let up. Effective learning enhances operations, cultivates belonging and builds technical, functional and […]
  • Why Your Tuition Reimbursement Benefit is Hurting Your DEIB Strategy

    Tuition reimbursement and equitable learning — it’s like wearing your dress shoes for an important zoom meeting. Lots of companies use tuition reimbursements and support equitable learning, but what lots of HR leaders don’t realize is doing both is counterproductive. That’s because the very education benefit you think is helping your DEIB strategy is actually […]
  • ChatGPT Wrote This Headline: Using AI to Revolutionize Skills Data

    The online ecommerce giant Alibaba has used natural language processing to generate product descriptions for years while Alphabet, the parent company of Google, started developing self-driving cars using artificial intelligence (AI) as far back as 2009. More recently, and with the widespread adoption of ChatGPT, Coca-Cola and SnapChat announced they’re incorporating AI into their business […]
  • The Decade Ahead: Evolving Your Company into a Skills-Based Organization

    Ten years from now, traditional job roles will have likely gone the way of the flip phone. “You won’t get paid based on your job title or geography. You will get paid based on each and every skill at every skill level,” David Blake, Degreed CEO, told a room of 350 learning professionals at Degreed […]
  • What Is a Skills Taxonomy? And Why Is Your Competency Model Obsolete?

    Michael Jordan famously practiced and perfected his basketball skills five hours per day, six days a week in the off-season. To become the best, people have to “be like Mike,” as the saying goes, and put in hours of hard work. Just like Mike, everyday workers need to build skills with practice. Skills are needed […]
  • Making Skills The Great Equalizer: L&D Enables DEIB

    The number of DEIB programs at colleges and universities is growing, but your company can’t wait up to four years for newly-minted DEIB experts to arrive. In fact, you might not be able to wait days or weeks. Why? Lack of support is driving many people already working in DEIB enablement to look for new […]
  • Creating a Common Language for Skills that Drives the Future of Work

    Creating foundations is one of the oldest human activities. These stone, wood, mud and straw structures that stabilize homes and buildings date back as far as the Neolithic Age. They were essential to the progression of humanity, helping people settle, embrace agriculture and build towns and cities. People today face a similar phenomenon as work […]
  • Degreed Peer Ratings: Your 360-degree View of Skills

    Talent development professionals spend a lot of time talking about skills, but few of them fully understand what skills their employees have. Part of the challenge is that to truly assess an individual’s proficiencies, multiple perspectives and data sources are needed.  Individuals and their managers certainly provide valuable viewpoints on skills, which is why Degreed […]
  • Don’t Let the Skills Gap Swallow Your Organization

    When I hear “skills gap,” I think of a chasm as wide as the Grand Canyon quaking, like it’s the backdrop for the penultimate scene in a bad 90s action movie. Maybe I’m a little dramatic, but the skills gap is really rocking the talent development space lately — and it’s only getting worse.  From […]
  • Skills and Competencies: What’s the Difference?

    Skills and competencies: what’s the difference? Depending on who you ask, you might get complicated answers. We’re making it simple. Read to learn more.
  • LXPs Are Here to Stay — and They’re Driving Business Strategy

    The marks made by LXPs are undeniable. Let’s explore some of their significant contributions to new standards for learning — and how Degreed fits in.
  • Skills for the Win: How to Cultivate a Growth Mindset

    Last year, with professional sports teams quarantined, millions of sports fans tuned in for The Last Dance, a documentary series about Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Some expected a one-sided basketball success story since that team won six NBA championships. Instead, the series showcased the team’s struggles. Jordan, cut from his high school team, […]
  • Upskilling Next-Gen Leaders: Why, How, and What Skills Are Needed

    With fundamental changes at work, forward-thinking companies are focusing on upskilling leadership. Find out what skills are needed for next-gen leaders.
  • Building Your Upskilling Strategy: Data vs. People

    Need a helping hand with building your company’s upskilling strategy? Answer a few foundational questions to plan out your next actionable steps.
  • 4 Takeaways from Cisco’s Learning Strategy

    Degreed spoke to Josh Clark, Director of Learning & Careers at Cisco to discuss learning strategies, measuring success, and future plans.
  • Build Your Skills Inventory with Diverse Skill Data

    When it comes to data, more is better. This doesn’t just mean more data points, it also means a more diverse set of data points. When building an organizational skills inventory, diverse data sets can ensure you are getting the most accurate and comprehensive view of the skills your org has and those it needs. […]
  • How to Get the Workforce Skills You Need for 2021

    In response to COVID-19, companies around the world are pulling back on upskilling. And yet, six in ten workers say the ongoing global pandemic and resulting economic crisis are accelerating their need for new workforce skills, according to our report The State of Skills 2021. Moreover, nearly half (46%) of all workers surveyed say their […]
  • Upskilling For Business Recovery | Degreed State of Skills Report 2021

    Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, the global skills crisis cost trillions of dollars in lost GDP.  Now, millions fear that the crisis as we’ve known it is worsening — that the gap between high skill jobs and the skilled workers available to fill those positions is growing at a faster rate.  Navigating this conundrum is […]
  • How Corporate Giants Rely on Human Skills to Get Ahead

    When the economy collapsed in 2008, the recession exposed U.S. automakers. General Motors and Chrysler needed the federal government to bail them out. Analysts complained that these car companies got complacent, neglecting innovation in search of short-term profits. In hindsight, it all seems obvious. The climate crisis, autonomous vehicles, and ride-sharing are now revolutionizing the […]
  • Pinpointing the Right Skills to Activate Performance

    “The only way to survive is to continuously transform into something else. It’s this idea of continuous transformation that makes an innovative company.” Ginni Rometty, CEO, IBM Technology is everywhere, transformation is everywhere, and we’re using technologies to drive business transformations constantly. Many organizations ponder “the future of work” but the reality is that the […]
  • When the Competency Model Breaks Down: How to Map Skills to Roles

    This article is based on a presentation from our annual conference, Degreed LENS. Find the full video of the presentation at the bottom of this page. By now most of us have caught on to the idea that talking about skills is cool, and many companies are simply replacing the word learning with skills. It […]
  • ATB Financial: Equipping a Team of 5,500 with Future-Forward Skills

    When talent leaders at ATB Financial envisioned the future of work there, they saw an organization staffed by employees with a growth mindset. They sought people who were adaptable. And they wanted to see people feeding an insatiable appetite to learn. To get there, the company needed to provide a better learning experience to its […]
  • Product Insider: Fire Up Our Skills I/O to Ignite Internal Mobility

    It’s not news that skills are shifting faster than ever before. We used to train at the start of our careers and then use those same skills throughout our professional lives. Today the half-life of a skill has fallen to just five years. With the pressure to constantly learn and upskill, but without a clear […]
  • Hatch a Proactive Plan for the Future with Emerging Skills

    It’s hard enough filling talent gaps for critical roles. Add the accelerating pace of technological and economic change to your workforce, and it becomes increasingly difficult to know what skills will be critical tomorrow.  A future-proof talent strategy needs to account for all skills — including emerging skills — essential to products, service development, and […]
  • How to Build Your Own Incubator of Emerging Skills

    This year has brought with it unexpected challenges in almost every aspect of our lives, and through this experience, it has become clear that we cannot predict the future. But we can focus on developing the right emerging skills that will allow us to respond easily to future challenges with a workforce that can move […]
  • How Cargill Redesigned Its Learning Strategy From the Ground Up

    Cargill knows how to scale. For over 150 years, the company has worked with farmers and customers to sustain our food system. Still a family-owned business after multiple generations, Cargill is the largest private company in the United States in terms of revenue. Learning has been key to Cargill’s past success but its approach quickly […]
  • Product Insider: Building a Common Language for Skills

    Change will never move as slowly as it does today. Our world is continuously undergoing changes, many of which we see most prominently in our workforce and organizations. How they operate, structure themselves, and how work is managed continues to evolve with technological and social developments. In response to this, skills are continuously evolving and […]
  • Skills Lifecycle Part 4: Skill Development

    You’ve heard of The Beatles, right? The first iconic boy band from Liverpool who crafted lyrics, legacy, and legend in the 1960s. But they didn’t get there overnight. Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers: The Story of Success, features the story of The Beatles as one of the proof points of his assertion that mastery […]
  • The Skills Lifecycle Part 3: Curation is the new Creation

    Mankind has fixated on the mysteries of the sun, moon, and stars since the dawn of time. Early Mesopotamians characterized the world as a flat, floating disk. Other ancient traditions imagined a mountain or layered temple ascending heavenward before new calculations helped the astute perceive the earth as spherical, which space exploration eventually confirmed. New […]
  • The 3 New Skills all L&D People Need

    Most organizations are feeling the burn of the changes happening in L&D. 60-year careers, multiple generations, a dispersed workforce, decreasing skill tenures. It’s a lot to take on, and it’s putting more pressure on our team’s than ever before. As practitioners, we must be continuously well-versed in at least several areas of expertise to remain […]
  • How CLOs Are Rethinking the Learning Strategy for Both Short and Long Term Development of Employees

    As much as we would like to believe it, and as nice as it sounds, we don’t develop our people out of the goodness of our own hearts.  Businesses have important goals and a bottom line, and in order to hit those goals, they need to make money.  And if they don’t, shareholders, customers, and employees are […]
  • The 3 Most Important Questions for Your Digital Learning Strategy

    Many learning leaders are rethinking their strategy and want to incorporate more digital components to what they are doing with learning.  This means thinking beyond traditional models of classroom training, e-learning, and the limited functionality of an LMS. The reality is that people have information available at their fingertips and there is an abundance of […]
  • 4 Big L&D Strategies to Explore in 2024

    Should any of us be surprised that the learning and development industry is, well, learning and developing? Advancements in modern technologies like AI are great. Adopting a skills-first mindset is wonderful. But even when you make a living advocating for learning, it doesn’t suddenly make change simple or easy.  Big shifts like these call for […]
  • Degreed + SAP SuccessFactors: All Your Learning in One Place

    Our partnership started over a decade ago, and it just continues to get stronger with time: Degreed + SAP SucccessFactors.
  • How to Create a Positive Learning Culture Using Learning Agility

    As a Client Engagement Partner, I’ve heard all sorts of visions from our clients for what they want to accomplish: “We want to instill a growth mindset.”  And . . . “We want to make learners take responsibility for their own learning.”  To . . . “We want to grow skills critical toward our business’ […]
  • Flexibility, Support, Value: That’s the Degreed Client Experience

    When you buy Degreed, you get more than an intuitive solution. You get a whole team of partners. Learn how the Degreed client experience sets you up to win.
  • Understanding the Differences Between an HCM, LMS and LXP

    LMS, LXP, LEP, HCM, knowledge cloud— what do all these terms really mean? And more importantly, how do they integrate? Read our latest blog to find out.
  • Now It’s Personal: Effective Upskilling Addresses the Individual

    What can your organization do to support an effective upskilling strategy focused on individuals? Try these five adjustments.
  • The Secret to Organizational Agility? Empowering Your Managers.

    The key to organizational agility is enabling and empowering frontline leaders and workers to set and carry out their own skill strategies.
  • 5 Things We Learned at Degreed LENS Lite 2020

    Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes. And to us, our LENS conference is as necessary as it gets. So this year, we went virtual — rescheduling and rebranding our annual flagship event as Degreed LENS Lite. Sure, there were fewer handshakes. And unlike last year’s LENS in Austin, Texas, there was […]
  • Explore the Future of Learning at Degreed LENS Lite

    There may never be a better time than right now to invest in your employees. To embrace new tools. To rethink L&D.  Disruption is underway everywhere and, more and more, it’s feeling like the future of work is here. Questions about skills are top of mind from the C-suite on down: Who’s got ‘em? Who […]
  • That’s a Wrap: The Top 10 Resources of 2019 for Upskilling Your Workforce

    As I look back on 2019, I think about what a year it’s been for companies who are in the middle of major digital transformations, facing the challenge of upskilling and reskilling the workforce of the future. I spend much of my time speaking about and doing research on the future of learning and work, […]
  • How Learning Teams Can Jump-Start AI Experiments

    Today, every learning and talent team should embrace AI experiments. Let’s look at a few ways you can get your AI laboratory up and running. 
  • As HR Pivots, Make L&D the Hero of the Employee Experience

    The number of unemployed workers per open job has decreased over 15 years, and there are now more available positions than people to fill them. It’s putting the squeeze on today’s already tight labor market, and Talent and HR executives don’t always have clear ways to ensure their companies have the skilled talent they need. […]
  • Where to Start? Talent Marketplaces, LXPs, & Degreed

    It’s a talent management question business leaders often ask: Should we roll out an LXP first or deploy a talent marketplace first? When we field that question here at Degreed, we’re quick to dig a bit deeper, asking: What are your goals and challenges? Yes, the learning experience platform (LXP) and the talent marketplace each […]
  • 4 Ways L&D Dodges Skill Development & Why It’s a Mistake

    Let's review the most common reasons L&D professionals either ignore or delay progress with skill development—and why it's a mistake.
  • Time to Learn at Work: Getting Buy-in is a Company Relay

    How can L&D professionals provide employees with more time to learn at work? Focus on reframing the concept and getting buy-in from all levels.
  • Content Curation vs. Creation: Which Is Better for L&D?

    Discover how to choose between content creation and content curation for learning pathways—and how to do it well to ensure you’re maximizing your efforts.
  • L&D Teams Dazzle in Second Degreed Visionary Awards

    Five categories. Thirty-one submissions. Twelve big winners. See what L&D success looks like for the winners of the 2024 Degreed Visionary Awards.
  • Found in Translation: Bridging the Gap Between L&D and the C-Suite

    The first step to aligning L&D with the business? Speak the same language. Here's an L&D crash course to speak C-Suite fluently.
  • Hot or Not? What’s In and What’s Out for L&D in 2024

    Every revolution, poet Ralph Waldo Emerson said, begins as a single thought. When that same thought repeats, capturing the imaginations of more than one thinker, “it is the key to that era.”  From obtaining stakeholder buy-in and boosting end-user adoption to realizing the revolutionary skills-first business model of the future, the success of L&D programs […]
  • Veterans in Civilian Roles: A Business Challenge and Big L&D Opportunity

    I’d just driven over a landmine. As I brought the Humvee to a stop, we found ourselves surprisingly unscathed yet located—in all likelihood—smack dab in the middle of a minefield. With no margin for error, we kept calm, evaluated our options, and chose the least awful exit plan. I slowly backed over the unexploded mine, […]
  • How to Choose a Learning Experience Platform in 2024

    Now more than ten years old, the LXP has evolved a lot. Here is your refreshed guide on how to choose a learning experience platform in 2024.
  • Your L&D with an LXP: Doing Things Differently in 2024

    Big challenges demand strategic solutions. As the new year unfolds, it’s a safe bet taxed learning teams from Boston to Bangkok are huddling and planning. They want to make sure they can deliver over the next 12 months. At some point, those conversations will turn to technology, and likely to the merits of a learning […]
  • 2023 Unwrapped: Big Headlines, New Research, and Emerging Strategies

    We’ve compiled some of the big 2023 L&D headlines, research, and strategies for you to unwrap as the year comes to a close.
  • The Bid Process for Learning Tech: 3 Steps to Get It Right

    So you’re looking to purchase a new learning technology. Congratulations are in order! Caution is too.  Before you hand over the company credit card, it’s wise to take a hard look at exactly where you’re headed. Most likely, you’re entering or about to embark on a procurement or bid process, which typically involves an RFx. […]
  • Debunking Two Upskilling and Reskilling Myths

    How can companies effectively support upskilling and reskilling efforts? Give the time to learn and guidance on their skills journey.
  • Opening Your Organization to Learning Technologies

    Are you one of the 80% of companies that don't use advanced learning technologies? Degreed can help you make a smooth and successful transition.
  • How L&D Can Help Bridge Today’s Return-to-Office Chasm

    Capturing the dynamics of a workplace debate that’s been simmering since the first major onslaught of Covid-19, media outlets around the globe are chronicling story after story after story pitting employees against employers. The friction? More and more companies are requiring their people return to shared, physical office spaces in an end to years of […]
  • Get Wild: A Framework for Natural, People-Centric Learning

    If your endgame is to change the way people learn, designing your solution with your employees at the center of your strategy is critical. It’s certainly much easier to develop your solution within the confines and expertise of a learning team, but that’s a recipe for your new learning initiative to remain on the shelf, […]
  • Boosting Engagement and Performance with Degreed and Microsoft Teams

    Jeopardy host: “For $200 in ‘Corporate Learning,’ this is the most used phrase in L&D.” Winning response: “What is ‘Learning in the flow of work’?”  It’s true “learning in the flow of work” is referenced a lot — in industry thought leadership, on vendor blogs like this one, in L&D team strategy sessions, and more […]
  • 5 Ways to Modernize Tuition Assistance (So It Benefits Everyone!)

    Here are five ways to modernize your company's tuition assistance so every employee can upskill, remain relevant, and grow their careers.
  • How the Workforce Learns: Our 2023 Report on Driving Business Impact Through L&D

    When learning leaders at Associa went looking for a way to enhance employee development and help people obtain or maintain important industry certifications, they landed on a strategy that brought people together for live, instructor-led, virtual sessions. Why? Social interaction encouraged attendance and engagement. The approach saved the Dallas-based residential management firm (a Degreed client) […]
  • Learning in APAC: IBS Software Among Innovators Embracing L&D Tech

    Enhancing workplace culture — and preparing for the future — rank among the most important factors guiding the next chapter of learning across APAC. And it’s clear learning technologies will continue to play a key role in helping companies meet those goals. Researchers recently took the pulse of L&D and HR leaders across the Asia-Pacific region […]
  • Learning Academies 101: Everything You Need to Know

    Learning academies are the next big thing in corporate learning, and this gives you everything you need to know: definitions, use cases, tips, and more.
  • Learning Stipends 101: Everything Your Company Needs to Know

    In this article, we break down everything you need to know about learning stipends: what they are, why companies use them, and more.
  • Choose Your Own Upskilling Adventure With the Right Corporate Learning Solutions

    The learning tech marketplace is a wild place that leaves L&D leaders with endless options and decisions to make. To make matters worse, the corporate learning solutions begin to blend together with their similar names, myriad terms, and definitions. In the end, it’s just a messy technology alphabet soup: LMS, LXP, TXP HRIS, and the […]
  • Experiencing L&D Growing Pains? Look to Your Learning Ecosystem

    Being an L&D leader in 2023 is rough. The C-Suite expects more and more, and the learning technology solutions available to meet those expectations seem endless. Understandably, so many challenges lead to serious growing pains: These can make the connection between L&D and business outcomes ambiguous at best, but most of today’s L&D struggles are […]
  • Degreed Dialogue: Upskilling in an Economic Downturn

    Recession. Pandemic. The unknown. If it’s not one challenge impacting the smooth, successful application of your L&D programs, it’s another. Uncertainty reigns, so now’s the time to take stock — and to think about making some essential changes. “It’s intelligent and wise for us to always be prepared, wherever we are on that roller coaster,” […]
  • Plug Skill Gaps & Make Economic Downturn Your L&D Opportunity

    Nobody wants to see an economic downturn. But L&D can still spin gold. You can make tough times your time to shine. When creative action becomes urgent, you can demonstrate agility in spades, show the rest of the business a thing or two about how to pivot, and prove L&D programs threatened with budget cuts […]
  • Motivational Learning That Answers “What’s in It For Me?”

    “What motivates you?” Ask 20 people and you’ll get 20 different answers. “What’s in it for me?” It’s the primary question people ask themselves every time they log into your company’s learning platform. These questions matter, and smart L&D pros understand how much the answers can impact the success of talent development programs. That’s why […]
  • Beating Recession: Align L&D and Retain Your Budget

    It’s the bad news no L&D pro wants to hear: Times are tough, and the cuts we’re making everywhere include learning. The financial hardships rooted in Covid-19 — now compounded by threat of recession — can devastate your company’s revenue and obliterate any business unit. Organizations around the world are operating on economic quicksand. In […]
  • Gazing into the Future of L&D in 2023

    It’s that time of year when we gaze into our crystal ball and explore what 2023 has in store for L&D teams. Suffice to say, it’s been a rollercoaster few months for employers and employees alike. Many organizations are adapting, yet again, to changes in the status quo. Let’s explore what talent development experts here […]
  • Dasa Powers Technology Training Academy with Degreed

    Rodrigo Lima da Silva, today’s guest blogger, is a training analyst at Dasa. At Dasa, we operate the largest integrated health network in Brazil. Our work touches the lives of more than 20 million people a year. We approach health management in preventive, predictive and personalized ways. As we’ve made major investments in digital transformation, […]
  • Talent Academies: What’s Next for Agile L&D

    These are unprecedented times in L&D. The blazing speed of today’s business innovation coupled with the rise of a distributed workforce demands a more effective, agile way of learning. Digital transformation accelerated after the arrival of COVID-19 — so much that several years worth of innovations happened in mere months. The proliferation of remote work […]
  • More than an LXP: The Next Decade with Degreed

    Learning requires more than just a learning experience platform. Full stop. We’re not afraid to say it. We have and will always advocate for learning by choice, and we became the first LXP by necessity.  But the world of work needs something more, and we’re ready. “We are the first platform that can truly meet […]
  • How to Give Your People On-the-Job Training They Crave

    We’ve heard it over and over: When you treat your people like more than a number, they give back to your organization. If you develop your workforce by giving people opportunities to learn and grow on their own, they’ll become more productive, innovative and engaged. And when your company culture emphasizes learning, you can help your […]
  • Employee-Driven Learning: 4 Tips for Facilitating Freedom

    The workplace is changing quickly. Talent development looks a lot different than it used to. People are more independent. Smart investment that boosts employee engagement and retention and ensures the content your people consume is applied back on the job is more important than ever. According to one recent survey, 67% of HR managers saw training budgets […]
  • 5 Ways to Engage Deskless Workers with Learning

    Deskless workers are the backbone of manufacturing, construction, shipping, energy and other key industries that play a fundamental role in supporting the global economy. And as supply chains continue to be severely stretched worldwide, innovative talent development professionals are closing their organization-wide skill gaps by upskilling frontline workers with new learning opportunities. “Deskless jobs in these […]
  • How to Enhance Your Virtual Onboarding Process with Learning

    First impressions matter when it comes to employee-employer relationships. Onboarding helps determine how productive a new hire will be — and could even  impact how long that employee stays with your organization. As more of the world embraces remote or hybrid work, companies face new challenges getting people up and running quickly. With virtual onboarding, you […]
  • Let’s Say it Out Loud: Learning Combats Quiet Quitting

    A new movement is gaining momentum amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As people reimagine what work can look like, some are embracing the trend of “quiet quitting,” also known as “acting your wage.” The concept revolves around leaving the hustle mentality behind. Instead of going above and beyond, people are doing only what their job […]
  • New Degreed & Workday Partnership: More Skill Data for Smarter L&D

    One of the biggest advantages of an open learning ecosystem is the opportunity for L&D teams to generate — and use — a wealth of employee skill data. The most innovative L&D teams use skill data to create personalized learning experiences, because understanding what skills people have and want makes for better, more relevant content recommendations, mentorships […]
  • Cooked to Perfection: Learning Elevates the Employee Engagement Recipe

    My go-to pandemic binge has been the reality cooking show Top Chef. It’s comforting, great with a snack or glass of wine and an excellent example of how talent is strengthened through learning.  Like a delicious jus, hollandaise or demi-glace, learning can be your “secret sauce” to employee engagement. Employee engagement has played a big […]
  • Four Key Traits of Lifelong Learning, Your Business Differentiator

    Traditionally-career-minded people are the type of employee motivated to work full time for competitive compensation and perks. And while they care about work-life balance, they’re willing to make tradeoffs for the sake of their jobs, according to new research from McKinsey & Company. Yet even the most risk-averse stalwarts of the labor pool have acquiesced […]
  • What is an Open Learning Ecosystem?

    Employees interact with several systems every day, from payroll programs to online messaging platforms to learning management systems (LMSs). With so many tools to keep track of and update, you might be noticing your employees are experiencing system fatigue — especially when systems can’t interact or integrate with one another. Picture the playground at your […]
  • How a Positive Learning Culture Can Impact Attrition and Attraction

    Workers are seeking out companies with a culture focused on learning. Learn how a positive learning culture can impact attrition and attraction.
  • Transforming Learning Across Healthcare Organizations

    Healthcare professionals are expected to stay up to date with new information. Learn how healthcare organizations are transforming learning and development.
  • Here’s Why Talent Development Comes Down to People Managers

    Talent development planning doesn't have to be complicated. Read to find out how to build a strong talent development strategy in four steps.
  • How People-Centric Learning Builds a Better Future of Work

    L&D has the ability to impact the future of work. Discover how focusing on your people can make a big impact on your learning strategy and company success.
  • What’s the Difference Between Degreed and ____?

    We get asked all the time: “What’s the difference between Degreed and…” Well, it depends. Consider these three questions to offer some perspective.
  • What Open vs. Closed Ecosystems Mean for Your L&D Tech

    Tech people talk a lot about whether an open ecosystem or a closed system is better for business. Discover why it matters for your L&D technology.
  • What’s a Learning Experience Platform? Learning Tech FAQs Answered

    What's a learning experience platform? A learning management system? We've got answers to your most common learning technology questions.
  • Managers Can Help Enable Performance

    Managers play a pivotal role in a performance enablement strategy. Discover how managers can set their people up for success.
  • Upskilling Survival Guide, Part 3: Improve Careers with Experiential Learning

    The competition for talent isn’t stopping any time soon. Learn how you can improve career experience and retention through experiential learning.
  • 4 Ways Every Manager Can Create a Positive Learning Culture

    Managers are uniquely positioned to affect change. Read to discover how supportive manager behavior can help build a positive learning culture.
  • Invest Wisely: Help Your People Learn How to Learn

    World-renowned organizations are investing heavily in upskilling. Find out why learning at work is crucial for every company.
  • Upskilling Survival Guide, Part 2: Close Skill Gaps with Data

    Learn how using skill analytics can give you vital insights into your workforce and help you address the skills gap head-on at your organization.
  • The Future of L&D: Meeting New Expectations in 2022

    The pressure is increasing, expectations for L&D are changing. Read to find what it will take to be successful in the new future of L&D.
  • Upskilling Survival Guide, Part 1: Engage With Continuous Learning

    Learn how a culture of continuous learning that’s unique to your organization can help make worker engagement a standard part of your culture.
  • Lights, Camera, L&D: Innovating in 2022

    L&D is tasked with scripting a more innovative approach in 2022. Read to discover some crucial insights from Degreed LENS 2021 to take into the new year.
  • How The Workforce Learns: Learning In (And Beyond) The Flow Of Work

    To integrate learning in the flow of work, you need to do more than just integrate learning and work technology. Here's what you need to know.
  • How Stories Can Maximize L&D Potential

    Incorporating story into your learning strategy can help you transform your people. Read for three reasons why stories matter for L&D potential.
  • What the Hell Is Skill Data? 3 Ways You Can Use It for Agile L&D

    With skill data, there is a new way to approach learning and agile talent development. Read how it can inform L&D guidelines and help fill skill gaps.
  • Lojas Renner S.A.: Our First LATAM Client with Degreed Career Mobility

    The retailer will use Degreed’s solution to bring employees closer to career development opportunities based on technical and behavioral skills.
  • Degreed LENS 2021: Insightful, Inspirational, and In-Person

    Degreed LENS 2021 will have some of the most innovative leaders in business and learning. Read more about our speakers, session topics, and event details.
  • How To Build a Learning Culture: You Asked, We Answered

    A foundational learning culture is a key asset to your learning strategy. Read for more insights on how to build one in a Q&A with Degreed and Cargill.
  • The Difference Between Talent and Opportunity Marketplaces

    What's the difference between a talent marketplace and an opportunity marketplace? We make understanding it easy. Which one is right for your company?
  • How to Achieve Career Mobility Through Positive Enablement

    I’ve never understood why the HR community adopted the term “performance management.” Successfully managing someone’s performance is an unrealistic expectation. Most parents struggle to manage a teenage child’s behavior and school performance. So what would make us seriously believe that People Leaders can successfully manage the performance of other adults?  I consider the role of […]
  • You’re Buying Too Much Talent. It’s Time to Build and Borrow.

    The lifespan of large, successful companies has never been shorter. In fact, more than half of the companies in today’s S&P 500 index were not in it 20 years ago.  Why the turnover? Some companies go private. Some merge or are bought out. Others stagnate or go out of business. It’s a trend that’s accelerating, […]
  • Our Favorite Questions from Degreed LENS Lite 2021

    Degreed LENS Lite was a lot of things — a chance to highlight our ambitious product roadmap, a networking extravaganza for our friends and customers. We even learned to cook scallop ceviche. But more than anything, our flagship virtual conference on Wednesday was an opportunity for dialogue.  We welcomed more than 11,000 people from 133 countries […]
  • The History of Degreed: Mission-Driven Momentum

    Novelist Robert Louis Stevenson made the case for patiently taking iterative actions that add up to something big: “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” That timeless take is reflected in Degreed’s history, and perhaps even more so when we’ve got big news — like the […]
  • An Introduction to Degreed: Your Learning & Upskilling Platform

    Degreed is an upskilling solution that helps your organization quickly and easily understand, build, and activate skills. Find out more here.
  • Your Five Workforce Mobility Strategies for 2021

    There’s not just one right way to implement a job mobility strategy at your organization. But depending on the needs and culture of your company, one approach may prove more effective than another, according to a new report by RedThread Research and Degreed.  Whether you call it job mobility, internal mobility, or career mobility, It […]
  • Shape Learning at Your Org with the New Customizable Browse

    What makes a learning experience great? It starts with content that meets people’s needs and presents clear, practical benefits that help keep them motivated. To help you give your people the content they need, Degreed includes three key curation tools: Pathways, Plans, and Directories. But even the best content isn’t enough. That’s why 62% of […]
  • Skill Data Dictionary Part 2: Organization

    Welcome back to our Skill Data Dictionary series. If you haven’t already, we recommend you review Part 1, in which we cover the skill data basics.  This blog will expand beyond the basics into the different methods of structuring your organization’s skill data. There are many overlapping (or even contradictory) ideas in the market about […]
  • Upskilling Your People: Getting Started with Skill Data

    No matter how or why you’re upskilling your people, there’s a reliable way to make learning click: make it relevant. And one of the key ingredients to relevant learning is skill data. Familiarizing yourself with the concepts behind skill data doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Understanding what it is, where it comes from, and how […]
  • The New Learning Metrics: Demonstrating Business Value and Impact

    Telling your workforce development story — in fresh ways with new metrics — can capture the attention of your business leaders and make your learning program an important business priority.  Maybe your program’s already a priority. You’ve still got a story to tell, one that reinforces the value and impact of learning, talent development, and career […]
  • Success Story: At Itaú, HR & IT Unite to Make Learning Work

    As the new Head of Attraction & Development, Raquel Andrade knew that learning programs at Itaú Unibanco, the largest private sector bank in Brazil, needed attention.  Technologies like cloud computing, APIs, and blockchain had disrupted the financial services industry. Itaú needed a digital transformation to stay relevant and continue providing top-notch services to its 56 […]
  • Skill-Building in Degreed: Making Your People Better, Faster

    If your company’s like most, it’s using several systems that make HR processes — like enrolling workers in benefits, processing payroll, conducting engagement surveys, or tracking job applications — more efficient, automated, and self-service. But these systems are rarely designed to empower workers and team managers to go beyond standardized HR processes. As a result, they’re not […]
  • Career Mobility: What to Look for In a Technology Solution

    Some work tasks, like enrolling in benefits, requesting time off, or completing a performance review, only happen once or twice a year.  For the most part, these activities take place on tucked-away platforms built for an administrator — not your workforce — to standardize and automate processes. Important opportunities for career growth often are buried […]
  • BMO Financial Goes Bold on Talent with Degreed

    BMO didn’t want people to simply build skills for today. Leaders there wanted workers developing for the future — to prepare every single one of the bank’s 46,000 people for whatever challenges may come next year, five years from now, even 10 years down the line. “We’re focused on being bold on talent, so we have […]
  • 6 Steps to Align L&D with Your Business

    When transforming the way your department operates, it’s easy to look straight to a new tool to kickstart that change. Perhaps that’s why two of every three talent development leaders are looking for new solutions to transform their people and their organizations. But true transformation cannot come from one siloed sector of the business — […]
  • Introducing Degreed Career Mobility

    At Degreed, we have one overarching vision: enable people to continuously grow and advance their careers based on their skills. And we do that by building products that focus on the personalized needs of your employees.  That’s why today we’re announcing the arrival of Degreed Career Mobility — a new tool designed to make skill-building […]
  • Designing Technology for the Workforce vs. HR

    Solution providers have been developing HR technology for generations. First, there were custom-built solutions (the first business application developed was Payroll). Then, vendors developed mainframe (McCormack & Dodge, MSA, Tesseract) and mini-computer-based (Cyborg, Lawson, Ross Systems) packaged applications. Next, client/server applications (Oracle, PeopleSoft, SAP R/3) arrived on the scene. Today, we have software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions. […]
  • PepsiCo Pops the Top on a New Learning Mindset

    Every organization has its own folklore. Every department does too, and that includes the learning space. At PepsiCo, we love to share common wisdom among our global teams, talent management partners, and other employees. There was a time when we talked about things like completions as a critical measure of success, in-person or instructor-led training […]
  • Same Values, New L&D: Natura Employees Now Own Their Own Upskilling

    Personal care and cosmetics company Natura was always a pioneering organization, promoting positive relationships with nature since its humble beginnings in 1969. And it’s always approached sales from a standpoint of helping customers maintain healthy relationships with themselves. Its ads feature everyday women, not supermodels. More recently in 2014, Natura was the first publicly-traded company […]
  • Movin’ On Up: How Internal Mobility is all About People

    Over the past several years, it’s grown harder and harder to talk about jobs, hiring, and careers without a conversation about automation, and yes, even robots. Walk into a McDonald’s, Walmart, or Aloft Hotel and you may find an electronic worker greeting or serving you. And while it seems we’re getting close to the world […]
  • A Global Balancing Act: Firm Puts L&D on the Right Foot With Degreed

    To operate smoothly, one of the world’s top professional services organizations must carefully balance independence with cooperation.  The organization* functions as a global network, not a single firm, because decentralization helps it navigate complex regulatory frameworks in many different countries. That’s the independence part. Cooperation comes into play because the network pools its resources and […]
  • Degreed Features: These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things

    We take learning pretty seriously at Degreed. So seriously, in fact, each employee is given a stipend to spend on learning whatever we want, however we want. We learn about our roles at work and in-demand skills as well as winemaking, baseball, surfing, cooking, churning our own butter — you name it, we’ve learned it. […]
  • Public Content, No Disclaimers: Building the Degreed Learning Index

    In the dark ages, libraries existed to safeguard the few valuable pieces of content available. If you wanted to learn a subject, there were few options. Contrast that with today, when searching “How to learn data science” gives us 3.3 billion results in seconds. There is a wealth of excellent learning materials lost amidst the […]
  • 3 Common Upskilling Fails and How to Avoid Them

    Perhaps you’re on a mission to boost employee engagement. Maybe you’re trying to supercharge your company culture. Maybe you’re embracing new technologies, evolving your business strategy with new product innovations, or reacting to the unprecedented HR challenges brought on by COVID-19. For these reasons and more, you’re looking to put an upskilling structure into place […]
  • Let Go of Letting People Go: A Business Case for Labour Hoarding

    I’d like to think we can agree on this: People are the most valuable asset of any business. People are responsible for the knowledge, skills, and innovation that create economic well being. This is the promise of human capital. Yet 49% of companies in the United States that responded to a recent survey were considering […]
  • A Seismic Shift: The 5 Steps of Unilever’s Learning Transformation

    Unilever is well known for its ubiquitous brands: Dove, Lipton, Hellman’s, Axe, Ben & Jerry’s. In fact, you’ve likely used or consumed at least one Unilever product today — if not multiple products. Powered by 140,000 employees in over 100 countries, the consumer goods company must adapt continuously to countless competitors, complex supply chains, and […]
  • 7 Steps for Upskilling That Support Internal Mobility

    A new project. A stretch assignment. Even a new role. Providing your employees with fresh opportunities is good for them, and it’s good for your organization. Employees get to learn and grow, which boosts their morale. At the same time, your company benefits from higher employee retention, which means people who’ve developed a thorough knowledge […]
  • Why Managers Are Perfectly Positioned to Help Workers Learn

    What limits our learning? Anyone can give a few guesses — fear of failure, uncertain priorities, distracting TikTok videos — but Degreed decided to find out for sure. In our latest research report, How the Workforce Learns, we asked hundreds of workers about the biggest obstacles to their learning and development. Here’s what they said: […]
  • Navigating the New Normal: Advice from Degreed Clients | Ford

    For some businesses — like Degreed — remote work is built into the fabric of company culture. For others, it’s a new experience. We’re interviewing clients to find out how they’re supporting their remote workforces, creating virtual learning programs, and maintaining productivity in unusual times. We hope that by sharing these insights and real stories, […]
  • Change of Plans: Updates on Degreed Events

    Current events have certainly altered life as we know it. For now, we must forgo face-to-face and embrace the technological tools that can still keep us connected. Like many, we’ve postponed all of our upcoming events and transitioned them to virtual discussions and meetups. Don’t worry – you’ll still get the same great content and […]
  • Navigating the New Normal: Advice from Degreed Clients | Cargill

    For some—like Degreed—remote work is built into the fabric of company culture. For others, operating without the comforts of a cubicle and the familiarity of in-person connections is a brand-new experience. The situation we’ve all found ourselves in is unprecedented. How can we keep focus when distractions lurk around every corner? How do we stay […]
  • Implementing Enterprise Technology: Easy as 1,2,3,4

    Implementing enterprise technology is hard, especially when it comes to ensuring your HR records talk to your LMS — which often informs business intelligence tools. From the different entities to the multiple languages to all of the items that have to communicate together, it can be like drafting an international peace treaty. At Degreed, we’ve […]
  • The 5 Most Important Capabilities for Your Learning Ecosystem

    We’ve spent a lot of time with clients, at conferences, reading industry research, and combing through blogs. Through it all, one phrase we keep hearing in regards to the current state of corporate learning is “out of sync”. In fact, in a recent survey of workers and managers we conducted with Harvard Business Publishing, the […]
  • Vetting Vendors: Three Tips For a Thriving Learning Ecosystem

    Over the years, L&D has been split. Some want the old methods to stay and sit. Others buy every shiny new tool that hits. But ultimately, we all just want something that fits. All in all, it’s enough to make Dr. Suess’s head spin. Between these extremes, the smartest organizations are finding vendors that fit […]
  • Use Your LXP to Motivate Learning and Increase Employee Engagement

    Motivating employees to pursue learning can be a huge pain for corporate learning leaders. The idea of making schedule changes and building learning habits can be daunting, especially without a clear strategy or proper motivation. What this results in is the average worker dedicating a modest 24 minutes a week to learning. In a rapidly-changing […]
  • Four Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Technology Investment

    In most organizations, learning and development budgets are tight, even when L&D is expected to play a transformational role within the company. Often, success requires maximizing the budget or using existing technology your team already has access to. So how can you make the most out of your investments in learning technology? While the right […]
  • Empowering the Frontline: Teaching Managers to be L&D Pros

    Over half of all employees will require significant reskilling and upskilling by 2022, which means that as a learning and development (L&D) professional, you’re likely busier than ever before. And while there are no silver bullet answers, there are more resources at your disposal than you may think. Your line managers are the perfect untapped […]
  • Stop Stealing Careers

    What is Enterprise Learning For? The purpose of enterprise learning or learning and development is just that: the learning and development of employees at work. But if that is truly its sole purpose, then unfortunately many companies are missing the mark. In our most recent study, our respondents gave their L&D solutions an average of […]
  • Behold the Power! Harnessing Skill Review Data

    The skill gap is real. In fact, according to PwC’s Talent Trends 2019, 79% of CEOs worldwide are concerned their teams lack the skills they need for the future. And PWC’s top takeaway from the survey was that people-related analytics must improve.  Data-driven skill assessments can offer the insights leaders need to address skill gaps […]
  • Behind the Glasses: Meet Scott Smith

    Degreed has a pretty basic philosophy: the people behind our company are the real secret sauce. Like soylent green but less morbid. Our ranks are full of talented all-stars who constantly question, tinker, challenge, and make Degreed work for our customers and users. Behind the Glasses pulls back the curtain and shines a spotlight on […]
  • Enter the Multiverse: Instant Content Integration

    With an ever-growing demand for diverse learning resources in today’s workforce, it’s becoming harder to navigate the vast ocean of available content. How do you find the right learning technology to meet the needs of all your employees? Training Magazine notes that “the #1 barrier to buyers’ satisfaction with learning technology is not user experience. […]
  • How the Workforce Learns: User-Generated Content

    The most mature L&D teams are three-times more likely to enable user-generated content. Learn more in our blog.
  • A History of L&D: Learning From the Past to Build the Future

    “When experts are wrong, it’s often because they’re experts on an earlier version of the world.” -Paul Graham, co-founder of Y Combinator Think back to 1999. Do you remember what you were an expert on — Dawson’s Creek, Third Eye Blind, Super Smash Bros? Fast forward to now; is any of that stuff still relevant? […]
  • Good Things Come in Three: L&D Trends and Questions to Assess a Learning Technology Vendor

    With constantly evolving technology, staying current with the direction and trends of the human capital industry is a full-time job — and a crucial one. With constant talk of the widening skills gap and retention as one of the largest pain points for businesses, L&D strategies are not only emerging as a clear solution, but […]
  • Case Study: How Citi Built the L&D Team of the Future

    When Citi transitioned to a SaaS learning vendor — away from an on-premise LMS — it forced a change in how they operated, which meant new processes and roles. Specifically, Citi had to make shifts across operations, technology, and L&D functions in order to be able to support the new model. Using Degreed, they set […]
  • It Takes More Than Just Sticks and Spit: How to Build Your Foundation on Degreed

    Degreed fosters the successful upskilling and learning transformation of businesses by building a solid foundation within the platform.
  • Our Top 10 Picks to Keep You On Top

    L&D is an ever-evolving world and staying on top of it all can be a monumental task. But don’t sweat it, because Degreed’s got your back. We went into our shed, grabbed the pickaxes and shovels, and dug deep to find the best L&D articles, podcasts, and videos out right now. This top-10 list is […]
  • Degreed Does Data: Machine Learning

    Data, machine learning, and artificial intelligence are disrupting everything we know, in ways that most of us don’t understand — yet. To help you keep up, we’ve launched a new series, Degreed Does Data. We’ll dive deep into these topics, simplify their complexities, explain their potential impact, and break down the dramatic ways they’ll change […]
  • Learning Experience: Just the Beginning

    In case you didn’t notice it, there has been a monumental shift in the learning market, with analysts beginning to diagnose a new trend. A 2018-2019 Sierra Cedar whitepaper cites Learning Experience Platforms (LXP) as “an emerging trend in the Talent Management application space.” Brandon Hall is calling it “the beginning of a movement that […]
  • Degreed Announces $42M Series C Financing

    Today is a milestone for us as we announce $42M Series C financing, along with new executive roles for David Blake and Chris McCarthy. First, though, a huge thank you. We are incredibly grateful not just to our investors, but to all of you – our employees, our clients, our partners, and our families and […]
  • Degreed and IP Innovations Bring Informal Learning to Japan

    Degreed is proud to announce our partnership with IP Innovations. Our partnership enables IP Innovations to offer Degreed to the commercial enterprise markets and makes Degreed the first skills-building learning platform in Japan. As a country, Japan currently relies on traditional learning management systems (LMS) and formal learning processes and training programs. However, there is […]
  • How to Fix the Digital Talent Supply Chain

    The world’s largest companies are pushing a digital technology agenda that is changing the way the rest of the world works. Over $ 1.7 trillion in market capitalization resides in just four digital business masters: Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook. It seems companies have no choice but to innovate if they want to compete and […]
  • The Structure You Need to Reimagine Learning

    What would you do if you could build a vision and strategy for learning at your company completely from scratch?  What would your structure and plan be? What specific things would you continue doing and what would you do differently? The world of learning and work is changing dramatically so you may want to consider a […]
  • Reinventing Learning Content for Next-Generation Learners

    Everyone in L&D is obsessed with innovation and leveraging new approaches to learning to get better results. In July’s Webinar we teamed up with Comcast’s Eric VanDerSluis to give you some ideas on how to get started reinventing learning content for the next-generation learners. There is a lot of research out there on putting learners first. […]
  • How to Make the Shift to Learner First

    In the Putting Learners First webinar, VP of Product Marketing Todd Tauber, dived into the problems with L&D approaches, what it’ll take to start putting learners first, and how to start rewiring L&D to provide what people and employers need. In Part II of the Webinar Recap: ‘Putting Learners First’ we’ll dive into what it takes […]
  • Webinar Recap: Putting Learners First

    When it comes to Learning and Development approaches, it’s time to put the Learner first. Here’s a quick recap if you missed our May Webinar, catch up and tweet us any questions or comments @degreed. Let’s start with why. You may notice some problems or feel a need for change within your processes. Here’s why […]
  • How to Build a Learning Culture at Your Company

    Did you miss our webinar on Building a Learning Culture? Catch up with this wrap-up and tell us your thoughts on learning cultures by tweeting us @Degreed First, why build a learning culture? In 2009, Bersin by Deloitte surveyed 40,000 organizations to see how they used various HR & training processes and how they performed […]

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