Learning is a lifelong activity. When we stop learning, we cease to grow. Promoting a corporate culture of learning has many benefits, both professionally and personally. To master anything new requires learning, and not just in a classroom setting.
While a classroom may be the traditional method of delivering information, many times concepts taught at training classes are not implemented when employees return to their jobs, and can quickly be lost. Putting the focus on education without translating that knowledge into actual experience is a waste of time and resources.
Adopting a learning-based culture in your organization will encourage team members to engage more, resulting in happier employees and increased productivity.
One of the easiest, most economical methods of developing a culture of learning in the workplace is by tapping into the knowledge and experience already present. This opens the door for cross-education to occur at all levels within an organization, increasing productivity.
One of the biggest pluses of cross-education is flexibility. Employees who are cross-trained can function in various capacities in times of expansion, vacancies, or for a specific project. This flexibility improves both morale and employee retention. The ability to work on different projects helps add interest and variety, and breaks up the monotony of doing the same thing every day. Pairing up employees from different departments for learning increases accountability and helps promote better working relationships.
People are diverse, and developing a culture of learning requires embracing different learning styles. Professional development options can include online videos or articles, face-to-face training, and hands on experiences. Promoting a learning-based culture in your organization will result in engaged, productive, satisfied team members.
David Klein is a leading Executive IT Recruiter & Headhunter with over 15 years industry experience. As Manager of Recruitment Strategy for KDS Staffing, Inc., he has achieved industry-leading success. David has successfully led, trained and introduced many in the art of Executive Recruitment and Headhunting. If you or your organization would like to discuss hiring needs, contact David at 646-650-2833 or firstname.lastname@example.org.