In the modern workplace, learning and development is so important for individuals and the business as a whole.
In fact, on average, only 15% of employees who work for a manager who does not meet with....
With this in mind, how can we make this a key part of everyday work, and ensure employees get the support they really need?
Why is Learning and Development Important?
Learning and development helps employees enhance their skills and expertise, as well as increase chances of career progression and personal development.
As well as providing benefits for the individual, a business can also gain from employees that are regularly trained, mentored and coached, as they are likely to see more engaged, motivated and knowledgeable employees.
There are many ways that employees can benefit from regular training. As we have already seen, regular management communication and check-ins will make an individual feel more valued and engaged within the organization.
This can be of particular relevance for those who are working remotely for long periods of time.
With 87% of Americans having had at least some time working away from the office, time to improve and hone personal skills is crucial to keep employees motivated and involved with aspects such as company culture.
It can aid with reinforcing the company values and help create a healthier workplace culture. As well as this, it can create and help with drive and determination that lends itself to career progression and healthy competition across the workplace.
Steps to Integrate Learning and Development into the Workplace
There are a few ways that leaders can integrate learning and development into the workplace and make it a part of the everyday working culture and routine.
Make it a personalized experience
Rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach, learning and development should be tailored to the needs of individuals and teams across the business. If staff feel the process is geared towards their development, filling any gaps in skills and areas for improvement, they will be more likely to buy into the plans.
A tailored approach will go a long way to making employees motivated, as they will feel invested in and valued. This in turn, benefits not just the development and training, but also the end product, as a motivated workforce is generally more motivated.
Consider it at the employment stage
Of course, you want to employ staff with the relevant experience for the role. It is worth considering however, the potential to recruit staff with the ability to learn.
There may be a candidate with years of experience in the role, yet there may be someone with less experience that is the better fit for your business, as you look to bring learning and development into everyday work.
Someone who has shown willingness to train and adapt to different roles while of course having the relevant skills for the job, may be a great fit as you look to build and ethos of learning and development.
For learning and development to become part of the organization, communication is key, and this starts right from the top of the business structure. When looking to develop a culture and make the company values applicable to day-to-day work, seeing the business leaders set the standards will help them filter through the organization.
Set aside official time for it
The success of any organization depends on effective learning and d... With this in mind, businesses should be sure to give the programs the time they need to be successful and beneficial.
Looking to implement a team development strategy, but not giving the dedicated time and resources to it will not encourage staff to buy into it, and it is unlikely to become a part of the everyday workings of the business.
Staff being expected to ‘find the time’ to complete training and learning, while still being expected to carry out their regular duties, is a factor contributing to only 10% of the $200 billion spent every year on corporate training and .... Setting aside true development time is key.
Finally — reflect and act
Once learning and development is delivered, it shouldn’t just be forgotten about and consigned to the past. Use 1–2–1 catch ups with employees to reflect on the development; this will help with the employees’ progress but will also give you a chance to gather any feedback from staff regarding the training.
Feedback can be used to tweak the program to make it more effective moving forward and is a way to further engage employees by showing thought is going into it. This is an integral part of the leadership thinking.
Measuring progress and reflecting on the good and bad are as important as any of the steps to integrating the strategy. Bring in people who show willingness to learn, value them and give the development the time it needs and deserves, to make it a key part of your everyday work life.