The Benefits of a Learning Culture to Your Business
A corporate learning culture is crucial to a business’ success. It’s an organization-wide commitment to learning. Employee and leadership’s professional growth enables a company to innovate and evolve its culture, practices, and policies, as well as in the work it does for clients.
A corporate learning culture requires and values continuous learning: questioning of practices, policies, and work. The most successful learning cultures continually assess how the organization is learning and growing. They look both internally and externally. Useful questions include:
- What are we doing now?
- Why are we doing it?
- How can this be made better?
- What do we need to do in order to make that happen?
- What issues are we not yet addressing?
- How can we benefit from making changes?
- Are we looking at the symptom or the root cause of the issue?
- Can new (updated) knowledge, skills, or abilities help address this challenge?
- What problems are recurring in our industry that we can tackle?
A corporate learning culture respects diversity––diversity of skills, competencies, ideas, and approaches. Strong corporate learning cultures are filled with people who are confident in their skills and abilities and are willing to suggest new ideas, take risks, make mistakes, and try again.
Strong corporate learning cultures recognize teamwork is essential, and that collaboration yields better results, and therefore sharing of knowledge is highly encouraged. Companies with strong learning cultures create a sense of shared responsibility to the team, work, and results. These companies understand what one team does affects all the others; that a change in one area affects others.
Enacting a corporate learning culture has a variety of benefits.
Benefit #1: Ignites an inherent drive to learn and grow.
Employees will seek opportunities to innovate and learn new skills and information. Learning is a natural human drive, and employers can capitalize on this for the betterment of the company.
By celebrating risk-taking, companies create atmospheres where creativity thrives, leading to new ideas and changes that further a company’s growth and success.
Benefit #2: It will improve processes.
You’ll see increases in efficiency, productivity, and profits. Employees that feel confident, competent and valued, work more efficiently and find ways to assist their colleagues and help move the company forward.
Benefit #3: Learning develops leaders.
Look around you−−you’re surrounded by potential leaders. When you leverage a strong, focused, intentional culture of learning into your business, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find your employees grow into leaders who will help advance the company into the future.
Benefit #4: You’ll retain talent.
One of the best ways to keep your top-talent is to invest in the future. When provided the opportunity to learn and grow most companies see a decrease in employee turnover, especially with top-talent. When you invest in employees they become more invested and engaged in projects, results, and helping the company create and build upon successes.
Benefit #5: Reap the benefits of collaboration.
You’ve heard the phrase, “Two heads are better than one.” Nowhere is this truer than in business. Collaboration leads to innovation. Collaboration also leads to knowledge sharing, which involves continual investigation, inquiry, change, and company growth.
Benefit #5: Your company will keep up with technology.
It seems that we’re constantly learning about new apps, software, advances in AI, and other technological marvels that will greatly impact the ways we run our businesses and enhance our capabilities. This requires employees to continually be paying attention to, learning about, and learning to use new technologies.
Benefit #6: Work with an eye toward the future.
Employees will develop competencies necessary for the future. These include “soft skills” such as active listening, communication, collaboration, empathy, resolving conflict, critical thinking, and the ability to lead self and others. If you want to create and maintain a successful business, employees with these skills will be essential to realizing that goal. This “human touch” cannot be replicated by computers or AI.
Individuals who have “soft skills” are interested in forging positive relationships with coworkers and supervisors. They are interested in collaborating to advance the mission of their company.
They also appreciate continually learning from such interactions: about themselves, their coworkers, and their company. Prioritizing and developing a learning culture ensures that you’ll attract and retain talent that will help your company continue to innovate and grow for years to come.
It may feel overwhelming to think about and create a shift in your organization’s current culture toward one that prioritizes learning, but it’s possible by taking small steps forward. If you’re ready to incorporate a learning culture in your own organization, KnowledgeForce can help. Our innovative, application-oriented solutions make learning fun and improve outcomes.
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