Creating a Learning Culture
Creating a learning culture has so many benefits for organisations, this page will shed light on why a learning culture is something to aspire towards.
Learning culture is a broad term that is used in different ways; it is generally based on the acquisition of knowledge to create business improvement. For a learning culture to exist, organisational leaders must show an eagerness for learning and develop individuals and teams to create continuous improvement.
What is a Learning Culture?
A learning culture can help businesses achieve their strategic goals by allowing individuals to reflect on problems or mistakes to gain from the learning experience. The learning can then be used to create positive organisational change.
You may have seen situations where the question is asked: ‘why are you doing that?’ and the response is, ‘we have always done it this way.’ In this example, quite often, the individual carrying out the process will know it is inefficient, unsafe, or unnecessary, but they do it anyway. In a learning organisational culture, individual staff members are empowered to question the status quo and seek better ways of doing business.
Why is a Learning Culture Important?
An embedded learning culture within an organisation can improve its processes, strategy, and bottom line. This is because learning organisations are better equipped to drive change, keep up with technological advancements and deliver continuous improvement.
Developing a learning culture can empower employees through professional development and training. The investment in personnel means that staff become better equipped to face business challenges which ultimately benefits the organisation.
How to Develop a Learning Culture in Business
Now we understand the basics of a learning culture; the section below gives you some ideas on how to start the transition towards becoming a learning organisation.
- Leaders should set the right example by remaining curious and practising continuous professional development
- Coaching and mentoring must run throughout the organisation (not just management)
- Root cause analysis should be carried out for service, product, and process failures to prevent reoccurrence and to trigger change
- Reflection on personal performance must be encouraged, and feedback should be given
- Opportunities for training and development should be agreed upon as part of the staff appraisal process
- Listen and act on customer feedback to improve by learning from mistakes
- Plan strategically as a business and learn from previous errors (they will happen again if the change is not initiated when required)
- Cultivate a just culture where people are encouraged to share mistakes
- Link professional development to strategic goals and praise staff that complete courses and training
- Start from your workplace induction with training to cover the basics and bespoke requirements for each role
- Praise business wins and reward the individuals responsible for the success to encourage more