The pace of technological advances and constantly changing work environment has impacted organisations of all sizes. Organisations need to be consistent in upgrading their methods and processes in order to stay alive. One such transformation is from corporate ‘training’ to ‘learning’. It is quoted that the rate at which organisations and individuals learn may well become the only sustainable competitive advantage in the near future.
In the age where everything can be copied from products to services and even processes, the distinguishing factor for any organisation is its human asset and its capability to learn and adapt to the ever changing business environment. Therefore there is a gradual shift from a training culture to a learning culture in organisations as the former approach somewhat failed to focus on employees or ‘learners’.
It is easy to come across people who dislike the usage of the word training, however training is an important part of the process of learning. The concept of training is a little too restrictive as it lays greater emphasis on instructors and managers responsible for training who go on to become the driving forces of the learning experience. This concept takes into consideration the needs of the organisation rather than the needs of the employees and focuses on events for learning to occur.
Like how customer is the ‘king’, the need for a learning culture is felt as people or human resources become one of the biggest competitive advantage present with organisations. Though the creation of a learning organisation requires complete analysis of your current culture, following are 3 key essentials that you can’t miss out on for your employee learning experience:
- Ask your employees
By asking your employees, I mean to identify the need of individual employees. It is imperative to understand the learning need of individuals as it tends to differ and a generic training program may not give you the desired results.
- Train them in their language
With millennial beginning to comprise of the major workforce, it becomes increasingly important to deliver learning with tools and technology that they are familiar with and understand better for faster application and results.
- Share your vision
Lastly, I believe that as it is important to understand individual training needs it is also necessary for the leadership at all levels inspiring the learning environment to convey the shared vision of the organisation and the way forward to employees.
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