How Creating A Culture of Learning and Improvement Within Your Company Ultimately Creates More Opportunities Internally and Externally
A culture of learning and improvement is about values, motivations, practices and processes. It’s a focus on continuous improvement for each individual and the team as a whole. I’ve heard this before, “if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together”. Encourage employees to develop knowledge and competence. These are the true currency throughout a career. Organizations that encourage continuous learning will elevate their people professionally and personally, creating more opportunities internally and externally.
The Advantages of a Culture of Learning and Improvement
- Increased efficiency
- Increased employee satisfaction and retention
- Continuous improvement mindset for the team
- Sense of ownership and accountability
- Culture of knowledge and sharing
- Increased employer brand for growth
It All Starts With Leadership at the Top!
Formalize training and development plans. Shared learning, or learning together, increases the scalability of these initiatives and they should be mandatory. Give recognition to learning by acknowledging employees who have successfully learned new knowledge, skills, and abilities. Always get feedback from the team, promoting a sense of collaboration and development. As a result, have a focus on promoting from within and post a new opening internally first, giving those ready for a bigger role a chance to be considered.
You Need To Formalize the Process
Create a formal process to share knowledge and information. Make sure those who need to get this information, get it. A centralized “hub” for knowledge sharing will be critical, and should be considered part of the business’s “constitution”. Business environments, especially in small businesses, can change quickly, so a learning culture is imperative to stay competitive and, in some cases, to survive.
Is your company ready to embrace this? Are you ready to give up the confrontational approach for an open culture of trust and inquiry? Are you ready to unlearn the competition between groups and individuals? Be ready! Replace it with cooperation, open communication and dialogue. Remember, you go far together!
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