Creating a culture of learning means not skipping out on business goals

Dive Brief:

  • "Better employee performance is made possible by a corporate culture that honors and supports employee development," Joanne Wells writes for ATD. Wells cites evidence from Bersin by Deloitte that indicates high-impact learning cultures gained three-times the profit increase over a four-year period compared to that of competing companies. 
  • A culture of learning includes certain elements that increase employee participation in corporate learning goals. Ways to promote this, according to the report, include: Frequently discussing development as part of employee performance; giving employees the time to complete learning tasks; monitoring and tracking progress and connecting learning to business objectives. 
  • One of the challenges of creating a corporate learning culture concerns the last of these methods. In a joint research study, conducted by Brandon Hall Group and Halogen Software, it was revealed that 60% of learning is not directly connected to organizational goals. 

Dive Insight:

Connecting employee learning to corporate goals is key to building a successful employee learning program. Going one step further and creating an entire culture that's centered on a supportive environment where employees are encouraged to learn is what all companies can aspire to.

It was interesting to note the research that indicates learning is directly tied to profits, but that many companies don't have learning pathways for employees that are linked to company objectives. It's probably a good idea for management and learning teams to partner up to achieve these goals.

While other studies have shown an increasing number of employees seeking MOOC training to enhance their job skills, this is no substitute for real-world learning that can take place at work. 

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