How can organizations create a learning culture?

It is no secret that employees who learn and stay relevant, contribute directly to the growth of organizations. If an organization doesn’t support continuous learning and upskilling of their employees, they might stand in danger of going out of the competition. The importance of continuous learning habits is re-emphasized by the organizational culture. So here are a few tips on how you could create a learning culture in your organisation.

  1. Make learning an essential part of the job: Teach your employees how learning new skills can help them grow within your organisations and also how it could impact their lives positively. They need to be motivated by live examples. If there are live examples within your organisations then present them as stars and show how they reached heights by learning and acquiring new skills.
  2. Gamify learning: Some employees could be motivated just by words and live examples in the organisation. But not all employees are motivated the same way. They need extra effort from your end to bring them to action. Gamify learning component, for every accomplishment, you can reward the employees, thereby creating much more enthusiasm to learn.
  3. Include learning as a part of the evaluation: Sometimes a direct incentive works well with employees. If learning plays a role in employee performance evaluations, it will encourage them to upskill themselves. Make sure that their learning is relevant to the career path they are going to follow and helps the growth of both the individual and the organization
  4. Sometimes be direct: Better managers should always discuss the skills/knowledge gap with their employees if any, thereby openly suggesting them to take up learning/training that will help them become efficient in their jobs. In conversations, encourage them to learn and upskill themselves. This will not only give your employees what is the real impression they have on the organisation and will make them aware of their flaws. They will surely look forward to learning and overcoming these flaws.
  5. Look for learners: Start at the very beginning. Build an HR strategy and policies to give preference to applicants who have a record of continuous learning. Also, talk with your HR team and discuss how you could find applicants with the right learning attitude. The people you hire should be curious about learning new skills so that if you give them some training in future they can bring in the true value out of it.