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Throw back Thursday: learning cultures

We receive so
much valuable content from our customers, partners and internal subject-matter
experts. On Thursdays, we thought it would be fun to do a “throw back” and
bring back an older post that was valuable to our audience. Today’s throw back
is about creating learning cultures.

Creating effective learning cultures

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
elearning best practices microsite.

Share your tips on how to build successful learning cultures!

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