How to Create a Culture of Learning at Work

How to Create a Culture of Learning at Work


Suzanne Lucas


Digital transformation continues to drive change and increase competition, shifting many companies into overdrive as they attempt to keep up. But long-term success starts with building a culture of learning at work that invests in continual skills development while keeping your company productive, agile and forward-thinking.

According to Deloitte, 92% of high-performing learning organizations are more likely to innovate, 17% are more likely to be a market share leader and 58% are more prepared to meet future demands. A strong learning culture backed by the right learning management system can place you among your industry's elite by shaping the way you achieve growth from the ground up.

Promote career development with personalized training

Employees crave learning opportunities tailored to their development needs. Without attention to professional growth, they may end up as another job-hopping statistic. Almost one-third of workers surveyed in Ceridian's 2018-19 Pulse of Talent report felt they needed to leave their current job to advance their career.

By providing personalized training for employees using an LMS, you can avoid the pitfalls of high churn and sidestep the struggles of rushed recruitment. From onboarding to promotions, drafting individual lesson plans for each stage of an employee's path creates upskilling efficiencies and sustains engagement. LMS reporting tracks worker performance and can make new class recommendations that cultivate their strengths while addressing areas of improvement. Don't forget to leverage that information to reward employees for mastering new skills.

Foster curiosity and collaboration with an engaging LMS

Your learning strategy should incorporate new points of view and constantly offer new courses that push innovative thinking and stay on top of industry trends. Interactive modules and videos that mirror consumer tech, like social networking sites and YouTube, are a staple of an engaging LMS. Using those tools, you can break down silos between teams by generating new ideas via lively discussion groups. Collaboration and content sharing can also be enhanced by features that allow for user-generated content. Additionally, providing your team with the chance to cross-train boosts knowledge sharing, which brings with it the potential to uncover opportunities or risks that the company might not have otherwise considered.

When integrating your system with an LMS, you gain access to expansive content libraries that update and adapt to your company's needs as requirements change. Employees who proactively express interest in a massive open online course may be able to integrate the course into your existing system to round out their learning plan.

Follow productivity best practices for all employees

Critical to supporting a comprehensive culture of learning at work is mobile learning. This offering not only allows employees to access courses on the go, but also lets them recall situation-based training in the moment, so they can get work done right the first time. Likewise, some microlearning modules are so easy to complete on the go that your employees can master skills on their commute.

A flexible LMS can also provide a better basis for feedback to your deskless employees. Global business app provider CGS's 2018 Learning and Development survey found that 25% of deskless (remote) workers receive no feedback from employers, and 55% are given feedback four or fewer times per year. LMS reporting equips managers to guide employees to achieve their individual milestones and support company goals. Sales team members who constantly travel, for instance, can see where they need additional communication training to help meet monthly quotas, while IT workers can get a better sense of what certifications they need to support client success.

A strong L&D strategy is focused on the future

Becoming a market-share leader can be chalked up to many things going right. Staying two steps ahead of competitors only happens with a learning culture that retains top talent and an adaptable LMS that feeds their desire for new training and skills. When designing your L&D strategy, take a holistic view of where your industry is headed, identify which skills are most important to your company, and select an LMS partner equipped to handle your now, and your tomorrow.

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