I’ve had several discussions lately with clients and connections around their Learning and Development plans for 2019, and it’s been reassuring to hear that for most people, Mental Health coaching and training is taking priority.
But there’s no point being full of good intentions if your efforts to create a culture of learning aren’t embraced by your employees as part of their everyday activity. So how do you tell if the message is really getting through?
From personal growth and development, to ensuring that people have the right skills, tools and knowledge they need to succeed in their role, learning can take many forms within a business environment.
We all know that learning new skills adds value both personally and commercially, so use our simple six-step plan to see how your business measures up.
Point One – Asking Questions
People who want to learn will naturally be eager to ask questions to show their interest in learning about a subject, and to gain knowledge from those in a position to provide it.
Learning directly from source can often be the best way to improve a person’s direct work output, so mentoring from a senior colleague should help them really progress their goals.
Our Founder Kelly Swingler mentors school students on a weekly basis as part of her ‘giving back’ ethos, and always returns from the sessions as inspired as her mentorees!
Point Two – Active Immersion
Sounds like something you’d do in a swimming pool doesn’t it! What we are saying here is that an employee who is successfully progressing and benefiting from their training will naturally push themselves more in the workplace by actively immersing themselves in situations that may be out of their current job role and responsibilities.
Remember too, that immersion doesn’t always have to happen in the workplace. Employees who are learning will be trying to find their role within the culture of a company. Networking and events are great places to develop confidence and gain a wider industry knowledge.
Point Three – Proactivity
A noticeable increase in proactivity is very similar to active immersion, as your employees will be using more initiative to take control of their own learning.
Point Four – Improved Communication
We all know that good communication is a key factor in any work environment. Very often, employees who are invested in their own development will take the initiative to reach out to others. Identifying sources that can help teach and problem solve is a valuable skill for any employee, and it will reinforce the desire to take on more knowledge.
But of course this isn’t exclusive to the workplace, just like active immersion. Motivated employees will take the opportunity to discover more about their industry, maybe meeting new people socially and building the relationships they need to progress both personally and professionally.
Point Five – Increased Confidence
Again, no surprises with this one!
It’s always inspiring to see a new employee gain that initial boost of confidence, and for an employer, it generally means that the new colleague is on the right path.
Confidence is also evident when employees begin to step out of their comfort zones and immerse themselves in new environments and challenges.
Point Six – Work Performance
Ultimately, work performance is a very clear indicator of whether someone is both learning and utilising their improved skill to the best of their ability. An increase in output and quality of work will indicate to an employer that training has been beneficial.
Employees who are happy in their job are typically those who go that ‘extra mile’ to learn more. Feedback from clients and other colleagues will help gauge how someone is progressing.
It’s worthwhile remembering that stats alone won’t provide a clear picture of where someone is on their learning journey, look at the ‘bigger picture.’
Maybe an employee is taking on additional responsibility or maybe helping to coach others, meaning the learning journey is organic and sustained.
The Chrysalis Crew know that investment in the effective training and development of employees will bring many benefits, including increased productivity and retention.
Whatever the budget, there are always learning and development opportunities that will be mutually beneficial for employees and employers alike.
In these uncertain times, creating a positive culture of learning is crucial to a progressive and skilled team.
A good employer, will take an active responsibility for enabling their employee’s development; a great employer will always remember to interact with employees to understand what they need.
Creating a great learning culture is in our DNA, here at Chrysalis, our aim is to ‘Change The World Of Work’.
The Crew are ready to:
NAVIGATE Your Career
GROW Your Team
DEVELOP Your Organisation
We blend traditional techniques with eLearning. We’re only a click or call away if you’d like our support to create an awesome 2019 of learning and development.
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