Building a company culture of continuous learning is paramount for industry growth and long term success. Learning new skills and ideas lights up the brain and helps employees engage with their work, feel connected to their company and increase their dedication and investment in their field. Continual learning inspires continual thinking, adapting and innovation. By creating an atmosphere of learning and growth, employers are also helping their workers stay on top of important trends, compete on both a local and global scale, and advance their career within your business. In our article today we’ll address just a few way to help foster learning and development throughout your organization.
Identify Your Work Culture
The first step toward building a culture of continuous learning, is to understand the culture your business already has. Business culture is composed of company goals, employee habits and the general perceptions around the office. This can include both positive and negative elements. Successfully identifying your currently work culture will make it easier to identify and address negative features and see where areas might be falling short. It will also help you establish the kind of learning environment best suited for your organization. Some businesses work in a formal or traditional style, while others implement a more casual and modern approach. Neither take is necessarily wrong, but both require different learning styles and curriculum.
Choose The Best Curriculum
Once you’ve identified your current culture and outlined any necessary changes, it’s time to put together a plan. This plan could include tackling misconceptions, reemphasizing company goals or missions, or whatever other negative attitude may be interfering with building a culture of continuous learning. It also includes creating a learning curriculum designed to match your company’s style and needs. For some companies, that may mean implementing a library, where employees can causally browse and discover for themselves. For other, it might mean implementing an outlined course guide, taking employees step by step through learning outcomes and objective. Whatever you choose will depend greatly based on your own unique style and needs.
Create The Right Environment
Learning can only last in the right environment. How will you implement your plan? What will your learning environment look like? And most importantly, how will you transition your employees from their experiences into a culture of continuous learning? A large part of an effective learning environment is providing a place for collaboration, discussion, experimentation, and thought experiments to occur. For many companies, this might involve helping employees discuss their ideas on company communication platforms, or providing time for employees to practice their new skills. However you decided to proceed, be sure to establish an open, inviting and trusting environment where employees can communicate together and share their insights.
Encourage Active Participation
Finally, but probably most importantly, encourage everyone to participate! Make sure employees at every level can access and utilize your learning initiatives. A culture of learning means involving everyone in the process. Employees may need some incentive to get started, but over time, a natural interest and enjoyment will often emerge. A large part of encouragement also includes setting aside time or allowing employees time to complete learning objectives or take part in learning activities. Most employees who do not participate in company provided learning opportunities simply lack the time. Ensuring employees can learn effectively is essential to a culture of continuous learning.
When done the right way, continuous learning can help transform employees into a more productive, engaged, and successful workforce. And MangoApps of course is here to help. We believe in providing companies with the tools they need to empower employees and create a lasting culture of learning and growth. Contact us today to learn more about MangoApps or how to build an environment of employee progress and growth.