Few organisations would openly say they don’t value their employees’ learning and development, yet many fail to deliver when it comes to cultivating an environment that nurtures learning.
At what cost? Organisations that lack a strong culture of learning are likely to have lower engagement, reduced productivity and higher overheads. And this is only likely to get worse as the pace of change means more and more employees become ill-equipped for the increasingly digital workplace.
In contrast, according to Research by Bersin, companies who effectively nurture their workforce’s desire to learn are at least 30% more likely to be market leaders in their industries.
So, how can we as leaders do a better job in creating a positive learning culture?
Start with a learning zone
Workplaces can be frenetic environments. Each day employees walk into a performance zone, the cultural environment where they’re expected to deliver results. There’s often little room for play, exploration or experimentation here, the stakes are too high.
High-performing teams recognise the need to balance the performance zone with a learning zone.
When we talk about a learning zone we’re not talking about tatty, unloved training rooms. What we mean is the wider organisational culture and how the opportunity to reflect on our performance and enhance or adapt our skills is woven into the everyday — so that it becomes a natural part of business as usual. Creating a regular learning zone is crucial because it satisfies people’s desire for curiosity and development. Employees will be able to think about their daily tasks more creatively – and their contribution to the organisation – and provide new solutions for old problems, driving performance and results.
We have an event coming up on April 3-4 that enables you to create your own learning zone. The Practice of Unhurried Leadership is a two-day residential workshop that provides space and provocation for you to tackle a challenge that is holding you back. It will be a unique, collaborative experience that will help you to step back in order to move forwards.
You can find out more by joining the free webinar on March 6th at 9.30 GMT. Sign up here.