A good learning culture is one of the key elements in enhancing the performance of the workforce. It includes a set of practices, principles and processes which nurtures employees’ knowledge and expertise.
Here are some advantages of having a learning culture in an organization:
- Employees can quickly adapt to the changes in the work environment
- The learning culture helps make employees more responsible and productive
- Efficiency and profitability can be improved
- The company can face various challenges at any given point of time and get competitive advantage
- A healthy and happy work environment can be created
According to a worldwide study by Oxford Economics and Success Factors, many organizations worldwide aren’t focusing on fostering a learning culture and trying to develop their employees. They may feel that promoting a learning culture is very difficult task and a lot of investment is needed for it.
Well, here are a few tips which will help the organization in fostering a learning culture:
- Know the present state of learning: In order to create a learning culture in the organization, it is necessary to have a good idea of the learning methods and processes followed in the organization. This can be done by conducting a thorough analysis across the organization. The analysis is very useful to identify the learning gaps and create the desired learning culture.
- Define the objectives and end results: Once you identify the learning gaps and needs, it is time to define specific objectives and end results clearly. At the same time, there is a need to share these objectives with the employees. This motivates employees and also helps decide action plans to proceed accordingly. If the objectives are clear and conveyed to employees in an effective manner, they show keen interest in the learning process. This will pave the way for a positive learning culture.
- Involve key people across the organization at all levels: It is very important to involve all key people in the organization when you develop a learning culture. Leaders with rich and varied experience, skill sets and knowledge provide valuable suggestions to overcome various challenges in promoting a learning culture.
- Empower employees: Continuous learning enables employees take the company to new heights. Giving them proper feedback on a regular basis helps them know where they are, and they can ‘adjust’ according to the feedback. This will ensure that skill gaps are closed and make people more responsible and productive.
- Decide on an effective training format: In order to sustain a learning culture, it is important to have a right methodology to deliver the training. For example, depending on the training curriculum, number and location of learners, and their experience, you may choose the classroom training method or e-learning or a blended learning approach.
Thus a good learning culture helps increase the productivity levels of an organization. To create a strong learning culture, you need to identify the current state of learning in the company. You have to define the objectives of the learning culture and what you wish to achieve through it. You need to involve the key people in the firm and provide opportunities for continuous learning to the staff. Also, you need to choose the right format to deliver the training.