Improve Company Culture by Instilling a Learning Mindset
“Learning powers culture” – this is one of the takeaways from LinkedIn’s 2022 Workplace Learning Report.
New skills are crucial, but the concept of learning encompasses much more. Learning is about developing a mindset of being curious, of seeing challenges as opportunities and of cultivating an openness to learn from others.
Creating an inviting learning ecosystem instills values, practices and processes that encourage employees to speak up, stretch their comfort zones and be themselves. Such a culture makes firms more innovative places where people ask questions and listen to each other.
Learning lights up company culture by nurturing collaboration, cooperation and trust.2022 Workplace Learning Report, LinkedIn
Here are three ways in which organizational learning can be a catalyst for a thriving company culture:
Learning Builds Confidence
Psychological safety forms the basis of a thriving work culture. Innovation can only happen in a work environment where people can express their creativity and desire to break new ground without the fear of sounding “crazy.” The learning space can provide a safe space for people to test the waters. Learning a new skill or venturing out into new areas of knowledge are an excellent way for employees to stretch their comfort zone and develop confidence in their abilities. A psychologically safe learning environment reassures employees that asking questions and trying out new ideas is safe – which will encourage employees to take this newfound confidence outside the learning space and into the workplace.
The Fearless OrganizationWiley Read Summary
Courageous CulturesHarperCollins Leadership Read Summary
The 4 Stages of Psychological SafetyBerrett-Koehler Publishers Read Summary
The Curious AdvantageLaiki Publishing Read Summary
MindsetRandom House Read Summary
Learning Breaks Down Silos
People like to learn from each other. An effective learning ecosystem includes collaborative tools to leverage peer-to-peer learning. It encourages knowledge sharing on a centralized virtual platform or a dedicated channel on Teams or Slack. Team members may share their expertise within the organization with videos, internal podcasts and social media posts. Sharing knowledge creates a better-informed a better-connected workforce. Collaborative learning can help break down silos and promote fluid and meaningful discussion across the organization.
Unlocking CreativityWiley Read Summary
The Expertise EconomyNicholas Brealey Read Summary
The Creativity LeapBerrett-Koehler Publishers Read Summary
Trust FactorHarperCollins Leadership Read Summary
The Right Kind of CrazyPortfolio Read Summary
Learning Promotes Inclusion
A thriving company culture is an inclusive company culture. To feel they fully belong, people must be able bring their full selves to work. This includes all aspects of their personal lives: parenthood, sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, veteran status and disability. The learning space can act as a training ground for practicing inclusivity. Organizing book club-type group discussions on a topic of interest, for example, can be a great way for co-workers to get to know each other better and gain a greater appreciation for the viewpoints and experiences of people with different backgrounds.
Indeed, people are more likely to open up during an informal group discussion than in a team meeting. getAbstract’s 15-minute summaries can serve as a starting point for structured conversations on a topic of concern without lengthy preparation requirements. Learning together strengthens personal bonds and can increase the quality of relationships among team members – a prerequisite for long-term job satisfaction.
7 Steps to Creating a Lasting Learning CultureUNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Read Summary
Building a Culture of Learning at WorkStrategy+business Read Summary
Minds at WorkATD Publications Read Summary
“Corporate Learning Is More Important than Ever”E-Learn Magazine Read Summary
The Practices That Set Learning Organizations ApartMIT Sloan Management Review Read Summary
Building Belonging for a More Diverse and Inclusive WorkplaceTalks at Google Read Summary
The best learning organizations create a learning ecosystem that cultivates people’s natural drive to learn and develop. Such an ecosystem must offer content in a variety of formats, as well as tools that facilitate learning on demand.
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