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June 16th, 2021 · 7 min read

Workplace learning: How to evolve your strategy for the modern workplace

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Modern workplace learning

Developing flexible upskilling and reskilling programs for your workforce

Leveraging digital education solutions for workplace learning

  • Videos
  • Interactive courses
  • Podcasts
  • E-books
  • Live or pre-recorded lectures
  • Gamified tests and quizzes

Thinking beyond tuition reimbursement or assistance programs

Workplace learning opportunities and strategies

  • Apprenticeships
    Highly specialized leaders at your organization can directly train employees, or apprentices, on hard or soft skills related to their area of expertise.
  • Mentorships
    One-on-one instruction opportunities between junior and senior staff members can help nurture a mutually beneficial relationship that cultivates professional and skills development.
  • Workforce education programs
    Invest in an education program that provides employees the ability to earn degrees, credentials or certificates from an academic institution.
  • Independent learning
    Encourage employees to seek out ways to learn informally outside of the workplace. This can include access to volunteering opportunities or industry-relevant events and conferences.
  • Training
    Leverage internal or external experts to host workshops, lectures or seminars around relevant skills-based topics to support learning and knowledge sharing.

Importance of continuous learning at work

  • Internal leadership talent pipeline development
    Future-proof your business by having promising talent skilled and ready to take on increased responsibilities in advanced leadership positions. 
  • Improved employee engagement
    Your workers never stagnate or feel stuck in dead-end jobs if they are constantly learning, growing and advancing. A continuous cycle of skills development followed by recognition of successful learning boosts morale and helps your employees feel good about their work.
  • Turnover reduction
    94 percent of employees say they would stay at their current job if the company offered better learning opportunities. Incorporating education into daily life at your organization motivates workers to stay productive and saves time and money that’s otherwise compromised by high turnover rates.

How to measure your workplace learning strategy

  • Skills retention
    How long after training do employees keep acquired knowledge and skills? Do they require additional training to maintain information and abilities?
  • Time to proficiency
    How long does it take your employees to integrate training? How quickly are new skills being learned? How well are these skills being performed?
  • Knowledge transfer
    How effectively are your employees applying learning to on-the-job activities? Is their understanding of the training purely theoretical or are they successfully using these skills in their respective roles?
  • Engagement
    What percentage of your employees are taking advantage of your education initiatives? What is the return on investment (ROI) on your learning investments? 

How to create a learning culture in the workplace

  • Celebrate success: Keep your employees motivated by acknowledging their accomplishments. 
  • View learning as a business strategy: Align employee development with the larger goals of your company to ensure your efforts drive growth and deliver a ROI.
  • Start with the C-suite: Company culture starts at the top of an organization — this means upper management should prioritize their own learning and development alongside everyone else.
  • Prioritize skill-building: Boost employee confidence by committing to skill-building programs that can help them get to the next level in their career. Be transparent and provide team members with tangible outcomes to encourage participation.
  • Encourage communication: Empower employees at all levels to share their learning experiences and support one another in their mutual growth.

The key to impactful workplace learning

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