January 9, 2017

The Importance of Developing a Learning Culture in Enterprise Organizations

Written by Shina Neo

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As organizations continue to adopt a digitalized blended learning approach, it is more important than ever to invest and establish a culture of learning in order to be successful. Values, goals and more importantly, employees define a strong corporate culture. 

With that in mind, it is imperative learning and development leaders ensure all employees understand their role in upholding organizational values and aligning day-to-day tasks and operations to meet business objectives.  

What makes enterprise organizations successful are its employees. That said, an effective workforce demands employees have the necessary tools, skills and knowledge to perform their daily job tasks and further their learning and development.

With the understanding that people learn in different ways and there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all training approach, it is important to implement personalized learning paths that are tailored specifically to the individual in order to maximize their full potential.

Here are several benefits of creating a learning culture.

Maximize Employee Potential and Capabilities

Today’s millennial-dominated workforce values learning opportunities to grow personally and professionally. In order to reduce turnover and increase employee engagement, it is necessary to provide opportunities for employees to advance within the organization. An engaged workforce means happy and invested employees, and as a result, an increase in production and bottom line results.

Encourage Employee Engagement and Retention

Employees want to feel valued and appreciated in what they do. Learning and development leaders that nurture their employees through effective communication and feedback, mentorship and coaching, and adaptive learning strategies establish a learning culture focused on the learner. When employees have a vested interest in company values and day-to-day tasks are aligned with business objectives, a learning culture inspires employees to challenge themselves and motivates them to find innovative ways to achieve those goals.

Leverage Learning Technologies 

Technology has changed the way we conduct and do business. Employees and customers are learning at the speed of search, and the need to have access to information whenever and wherever is more important than ever. Leveraging technology to meet the needs of today’s digital native, content-sharing generation is key to remaining competitive.

As the concept of remote work is becoming more of a trend, it is important to embrace virtual learning and collaboration. Technology enables continuous learning through multiple devices, applications, programs, and social media. Utilize technology to create agile learning strategies that constantly engage your employees.

Support Lifelong Learning

Successful organizations understand the importance of developing effective and competent leaders. Great leaders have the ability to cultivate strong interpersonal relationships based on their ability to understand their own emotions and relate to others. Emotionally intelligent leaders are constantly looking for ways to learn and grow within an organization. Develop a learning culture and give potential leaders the opportunity to create their own learning paths.

Embrace and encourage a culture of learning to remain relevant, competitive and successful in today’s marketplace. In order to grow as a company, developing ways for employees to constantly be engaged through learning is essential.  

 

Shina Neo

Shina Neo is the content marketing manager at Content Raven where she is responsible for the publication of all blog posts, white papers, eBooks, infographics and social media campaigns. Previously, Shina worked as a news reporter and has written for numerous newspapers and magazines nationwide. She holds a Masters of Science in Journalism from Boston University.


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