The Importance of a Learning Culture



What is a learning culture?

A learning culture consists of a community of workers instilled with a “growth mindset.” People who not only want to learn and apply what they’ve learned to help their organization, they also feel compelled to share their knowledge with others. It’s a set of organizational values, processes, and practices that encourage individuals—and the organization as a whole—to increase knowledge, competence, and performance.

Only 31% of organizations have a culture of learning. Does that include you?

But wait! You have invested in quality training programs and opportunities for your team. You encourage them to go to events, workshops, and conferences, and to pursue learning programs. After all, well-trained employees are high-performing employees—right?

It isn’t an organization with a culture of training but one of learning that encourages high performance.

What’s changed?

The workplace has changed, the demographics have changed. Employees in a learning-centric culture are smarter, more agile, and more innovative. They are more collaborative, hold their leaders accountable, and are more likely to meet organizational business needs.

A culture of learning, or learning culture, is one in which employees continuously seek, share and apply new knowledge and skills to improve individual and organizational performance.

The importance of the pursuit and application of learning is expressed in organizational values and permeates all aspects of organizational life.

Is It Worth The Investment?

Judge for yourself. And, we know that one of the drivers of employee engagement is developing skills, and has been identified as a top employee need.

How do you get started?

Here are just a few steps. We can help you put a comprehensive plan in place.

  • Secure CEO buy-in.
  • Cultivate a “growth mindset”.
  • Start right away with onboarding.
  • Build teams, not stars.
  • Reward what you say you value.

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Jackie Messersmith is President and CEO of Talent Management LLC. Talent Management provides consulting services to small to mid-size businesses to put an employee engagement culture and talent strategy in place, and is the developer of Talent Snapshot®, an integrated, competency based, online talent management solutions. Jackie can be reached at 513-528-9700 or jackie@talentmanagementllc.com.