CEO Judith McKenna of Walmart proclaimed she is an optimist. “Last year we trained 500,000 through [Academies],” said McKenna. Other than the U.S. military, she went on, it was the largest national training program. More and more this is becoming the new normal. And, explained the Walmart executive, its representative of a shift in how companies are approaching the need to engage employees.
It’s simply what companies must do to retain and empower talent, she says. In terms of skills training for a specific role, McKenna described a mindset shift. “In the future, the job may not be with my organization, it may be [elsewhere].” Still, she explained to the audience, that’s just fine.
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