Stay Ahead of Change by Creating a Learning Culture

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“The transformation of learning is a powerful story, and most organizations are still in the first or second act of this multi-act drama.”

– Deloitte University Press

How to Stay Adaptive

We’re all very aware of the rapid rate at which change happens in this modern age. Employees in the workplace today have significantly shorter attention spans than they did years ago, partly due to the frequency of interruptions. The average employee only gets up to 7 minutes at a time of focused work before something steps in to break their concentration.

As the needs of modern workers and their environment change, the way we train them needs to adapt as well.

Creating a learning culture is a new necessity for keeping your business ahead of the competition and your customers always coming back for more. A company culture that embraces continuous learning is one that’s better adept at problem-solving, building relationships and seeing new ways to evolve products or services.

This might mean it’s time to make some changes to the way you approach training.

A Gallup study from 2014 showed that workers spend up to 5x more time learning on their own than from their employers each week. That means the training provided by employers is often not cutting it for the way employees need to find information and grow their skills. Considering the high costs of traditional, classroom-based training programs, this translates to a lot of money down the drain when employer-provided training is ineffective.

Learning Every Day

Creating a learning culture is about promoting an everyday environment that allows and promotes opportunities for development. It’s about learning how to learn, which is the foundation of thinking in terms of innovation and adaptability.

Traditional training is focused on L&D-designed content and approved experts, while a learning environment leverages experts, content and materials that are sourced and recommended by external and internal communities.

If employees are already seeking out content on their own, then corporate programs would do well to include more self-directed learning options in their training offerings. Modern workers are knowledge-thirsty and expect to be able to find what they need to know whenever they need it, wherever they are.

Click here to view our infographic on why mobile video training content is the format of choice for best-in-class organizations who value a learning culture.

Your employees need to get in the mindset of learning every day to adapt to the changing needs of your clients or customers. By not placing a high value on creating a learning culture, your organization will lack alignment in goals, and change management (which is already a tough task) will be exponentially more difficult.

Ready to learn the 5 steps toward creating a learning culture in your organization?

View our on-demand webinar with Training Magazine, presented by Lezlie Stephens, Director of People Operations at BizLibrary.

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Training & Development Industry Researcher | Krista researches, analyzes, and writes about the impacts of employee learning on organizations and individuals. She looks at the industry shifts and trends that matter to L&D and HR professionals, and helps them understand how to create better training programs that grow their employees and their business.