Your business is only as good as the people within it. Your company can't grow and adapt to the changing business landscape or keep up with the fast pace of the digital age unless your employees are seeking to do the same. Fostering a culture of lifelong learning is one way you can steer your organisation away from becoming static.
How can you create a culture of lifelong learning in your workplace?
Value learning over perfection
In order to learn, your employees need the safety of being able to fail. Obviously, you don't want massive errors passed on to your customers. This doesn't stop you setting up a safe environment, however, where staff can try something new and run it by the right people without worrying about the consequences. This security helps foster innovation and learning within your organisation.
Allow self-direction within given frameworks
By encouraging employees to learn about subjects that interest them and to take control of their own growth, you'll improve the level of engagement within your workplace. Encouraging your staff to choose topics that they enjoy means you're more likely to foster a love of lifelong learning.
If you want to let them choose what they want to pursue, while still holding some control over the direction, present them with a variety of options. This way you can keep it relevant to your organisation while still giving them freedom over the direction they take.
Make learning easily accessible
In the digital age, lifelong learning is possible due to how accessible information is. To encourage a culture of improvement within your workplace, make knowledge and training opportunities open and available to everyone. To do this, try a few different options:
Account for different learning types. Find digital learning opportunities as well as courses or one-on-one mentoring.
Run regular courses and make them well-known and available for everyone.
Create an online hub, where courses and opportunities are laid out for everyone to browse through. You can also use this space to celebrate staff learning achievements, further encouraging improvement.
Teach managers how to coach
The best way to create a culture of lifelong learning is to lead by example. Ask your team leaders and managers to engage in their own learning, and take the chance to teach them how to become better coaches as part of the process. This can help them decide what areas their staff might benefit from training in. Additionally, they'll gain the skills needed to help their team in their learning and encourage their growth more effectively.
If you'd like to learn more about how your organisation can keep up with the changing business landscape using digital transformation and developing its culture, contact the team at FinXL today.