As your organization grows, how can you ensure every member acquires the knowledge they need? The answer is a learning culture. Learning cultures take time and effort to develop, but they deliver impressive results over time.
What is a learning culture?
Companies with a learning culture encourage all team members to understand their values, practices, beliefs, skill sets, and conventions. Employees gain the knowledge and abilities they need to perform at their best, satisfy clients better, and grow their organization.
In short, learning cultures place learning as a top priority. Many companies face impending deadlines, ongoing projects, and endless meetings. With all this, employees may feel they must put learning aside. Learning cultures recognize these potential learning barriers and build-in time for learning, making it a priority.
A learning culture can be achieved in any workplace by following these seven tips:
1. Detect Learning Gaps
From the top down, each employee should be assessed to determine how they are currently learning, what they are learning, and what training materials they receive. Through this research, it is possible to identify your organization’s strengths and weaknesses in learning.
2. Identify Learning Needs and Goals
In many organizations, some learning takes place organically and informally. However, formalized and structured education is also necessary. Learning cultures identify learning needs and set learning goals.
3. Utilize Subject Matter Experts
Involve subject matter experts in creating and recommending content to jump-start your learning culture. In addition to creating the most impactful materials, subject matter experts can point you in the right direction where you can find top-notch resources.
4. Confirm Training Accessibility
Are employees able to readily access training? Knowing what training to take is necessary, and the training must be available. As much as possible, there should be a streamlined process to access training.
5. Employ Different Methods of Learning
Introduce and encourage learning in your organization in several formal and informal ways. Training is typically conducted face-to-face, hybrid, or through a learning management system (LMS). With videos, webinars, instructor-led training (ILT), slideshows, and more, you can create a dynamic learning experience that engages each learner
6. Have Fun
Avoid providing learning in a dull and dry way. Encourage learning and participation by making learning fun and engaging.
7. Reward Learning
It is important to recognize achievements. Acknowledging learning efforts is essential. Team members should be rewarded for their hard work through company-wide initiatives. Rewards can be as simple as a shout-out or a mention in the company newsletter.