5 Great Ways to Build a Culture of Continuous Learning at Work
Too many times have we all heard and witnessed someone say that they are in a dead-end job, going nowhere with their career, and eagerly waiting for the clock to strike five. It’s a nightmare for every employer to realize there are people in their ranks feeling this way, and an equally dreadful hamster-wheel-like situation for someone who is eager to learn and advance.
This is where you, as their leader and superior, come in to not only save the day but allow your teams to truly flourish under your wing and find their place in your company – one that will not be stuck in a rut for good.
1. Introduce mentorship roles
Whenever someone new joins your team, they’ll try to pick up as much info as possible from existing teammates. However, as handy as this may seem, they might get partial guidance, and only end up feeling confused as to what is expected of them – which is why you need a structured system of mentors in place.
That way, your current, experienced employees will know precisely what areas they need to cover, how they can approach the new member, and at what pace the employee is expected to grow. They’ll pass on their wisdom and skills gradually, so as to let them learn the most relevant segments of their job one step at a time.
2. Encourage personal growth
Offering a few gym memberships is not just that extra perk that will tip the scales for your new expert to choose you over your competitor. While it is considered an asset, such benefits and added services at their disposal will certainly let them know that they are joining a team which is always looking for ways to advance, personally, as well as professionally.
They will know that you value their wellbeing, appreciate their work, and acknowledge their personal preferences and interests outside of their professional life. You can turn it into a personalized scheme of perks so that every team member can enjoy something they are truly intrigued by, whether it’s pottery, dance classes, or taking a language course.
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3. Find professional learning portals
Every business owner knows their own roots – and that we all had little to no experience in our early years of job searching. However, even those employees who have years of expertise under their belt deserve a chance to keep growing, so you need to offer equal learning opportunities to all your teammates.
Some of them may be interested in obtaining a diploma of business to expand their current know-how, while others may want to take a special course in negotiation so as to be better equipped to land more clients. The bottom line is, it will all pay off for you as well as your employees in the near future.
4. Team building as learning windows
Of course, your team building efforts should always include fun as the key ingredient, so that your employees don’t end up looking for their next job after your another spectacularly lame team building day. However, if you consult them and see what they would actually enjoy, you may discover that plenty of these activities involve a high dose of learning.
It can be a group self-defense workshop, an escape room, or a field trip to a new location where you can all learn a bit about your city’s history. Whatever it may be, let them discuss the options and land on a solution that will be appealing to all!
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5. Create opportunities where there are none
Do your employees have trouble communicating? Is there anyone on your team who has an interest others know nothing about? Leverage these outlets as opportunities to inspire everyone to expand their views and skill sets.
For example, you can organize an in-house painting contest, set up a city-wide auction and send the profit to a charity close to your heart. You can set up an internal book club and spend every Wednesday lunch break discussing the latest novel you’ve read. It’s all about introducing creativity into the process and keeping your employees engaged.
Claire is a personal and professional development expert who believes that a positive attitude is one of the keys to success. You can find her online writing and giving tips about positive lifestyle and development. Find Claire on Facebook and Twitter.