Don't Dump Your L&D in a Downturn: Do These 3 Things Instead

Recessions are never fun.


And as L&D professionals, we know that our department is one of the first that is usually under consideration for down-sizing or even removal in an economic slowdown. We clench our teeth and shake our heads at the thought, but it's true. So what can we do about it? Prove our worth any and every chance we get. We can start by doing these three things to keep L&D afloat in our organizations:

demonstrate the Value of L&D 

In economic downturns, the Learning & Development function is typically the first to get cut due to misperceived and/or lack of demonstrated value. For C-Suite executives who may not have a clear understanding of what their L&D department does to benefit the company, they may see L&D as simply “soft activities” that don’t contribute to the overall bottom line. 

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