Tip # 837: Outdated Surveys

“Latest survey shows that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the world’s population.” Stephen Hawking

I just read another article about the importance of lifelong learning and how to encourage and foster it on the job. I have no problem with the content of the article. What I do take issue with is the fact that it is based on survey findings that are two years old.

Work life and life itself have changed dramatically over the past two years. Why an article published on August 11, 2020 should be based on 2018 findings is beyond me.

It makes me wonder if the author of the 2020 article was simply too lazy to research a more current survey or consciously chose to cherry pick this survey because it would support her thesis. The article also ignores the current reality of Covid-19 and its impact.

It seems to me that the pandemic has resulted in a radical change in employees’ needs and expectations regarding learning opportunities. Many workers simply need a job. When one is in a survival mode, it tends to overshadow most other desires.

I think there is another reason why the author of the 2020 article chose to rely on 2018 survey findings. Survey findings at this moment in time would be radically different.

What do you think?

May your learning be sweet- and safe.


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