Studies show that making learning a priority can positively affect your organization in a number of ways. Employee engagement improves and there is higher retention and satisfaction. Business processes also become more efficient and streamlined, resulting in a higher ROI and long-term success. Research from Bersin & Associates indicates that companies with learning cultures have higher financial returns over a 10-20 year period. To achieve these desired outcomes with learning, your organization needs to encourage continuous learning and create a supportive environment.
When learning is a part of your company culture and supported from the top down, employees can make learning a frequent part of their routine. According to a recent blog post by Ladan Nikravan, from Chief Learning Officer, “creating a culture focused on continuous education and skill building can help an organization adapt during unanticipated dilemmas.”
In a global economy where competition is fierce, only the smart will survive. Continuous learning helps your organization remain innovative and stay at the forefront of your industry. With established learning cultures, there are no boundaries within departments: employees can problem solve with other groups, promoting a fresh flow of ideas and perspectives. This type of environment makes your employees more inclined to receive feedback and accept changes that could positively affect your business.
To maximize the effectiveness of learning programs, it’s important for managers to communicate with their direct reports on how their roles contribute to your overall business goals. With this information, learners can be more productive with their training because they understand what their manager believes is most important in terms of organizational priorities. By partnering with their employees, managers can define a practical implementation plan for applying new skills in their roles.
Given the constant changes with our economy, competencies required for a position today could easily change tomorrow. By designing a culture of continuous learning, you are encouraging your staff to maintain knowledge and skills. Those that view training as an annual event may just fall behind in the marketplace.
For more information on how to create an effective learning culture at your organization, check out the resources on the SkillSoft e-learning best practices microsite.
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