Why You Need A Learning Culture in Your Organization
Posted: August 17, 2016
We’ve all worked with them – that one person in the organization who is stuck in their ways and refuses to adjust. Maybe they’ve been grandfathered into the company and feel entitled to their process, or maybe they just don’t adapt well to change. Either way, this person can be detrimental to the culture of your organization, no matter how good they are at their job.
As a leader, it’s so important to instill a culture that not only encourages learning, but thrives off of it as an organization. To stay ahead of changes in the workforce and ensure your business is flexible and adaptable, you need to foster and encourage a learning culture within your business. If you need more convincing, we are sharing several reasons why implementing a learning culture into your organization is so important:
Increases Employee Retention
When an employee is thrown into a work environment without proper training, they automatically feel detached from their responsibilities because there’s no sense of ownership. In an organization that encourages a learning culture, employees are more likely to take pride in what they learn and feel an increased sense of accomplishment and overall satisfaction because of the work they put into it and the growth they have achieved.
Establishing a learning culture also helps employees feel that they have been invested in. As a leader, a high culture of learning is a great way to show your employees how they can grow and progress within your organization as well as their career. If you take the time to train them and effectively guide them along the way, you’re more likely to end up with employees who are engaged and satisfied with their position, thus resulting in less turnover.
Encourages Problem Solving
As a manager or a leader, you’ve probably had that employee on your team who seems to need their hand held through everything. They are constantly emailing you or knocking on your office door with “one more thing”. Not only can it be frustrating for you, but it’s time consuming as well.
By implementing a learning culture you are encouraging your employees to think for themselves and increase their skill sets. A problem-solving mindset means no longer relying on others for answers, but rather increasing your own knowledge and supplying yourself with the expertise for future questions. Learning is an active, participative process. There should be less emphasis on ‘“teaching” your employees than on supporting and facilitating the growth of people through their own processing of information and turning that into a valuable set of skills.
Eases Development + Transition
Change is inevitable. If your organization is stagnant and not currently fostering a learning environment, when those bouts of change come around, you’re more likely to run into some roadblocks. However, if your team is already used to a consistent environment of growth, it will make any type of transition or change that much easier. An organization that thrives off learning is a culture of inquiry and sharing, which can make a season of change, an undoubtedly scary time for any company, that much smoother.
Results in better quality hires
Culture is so important to prospective employees. No one is looking to transition to a company that is static and not moving forward. A learning culture fosters an innovative and responsive environment, which is so valuable to any potential employee. The better your culture and reputation, the better the quality of candidate you’re likely to find for your open positions. Someone who is constantly striving to improve themselves and their skill set is looking to join an organization that values those qualities and allows them to grow. This growth and development is a mutual benefit for both the employee and the organization. If your learning culture is at the forefront of your organization, you’ll quickly weed out any prospects who aren’t inline with those values.
The biggest asset to your organization is your people. By providing them with training, development and an overall learning culture, you’re sure to find that the entire workplace is a happier, more productive environment for both leaders and employees.