Does your company operate from a culture of learning mentality?
Just imagine how boring life would be if we didn’t seek out and find new things to learn. Creating a culture of learning in your organization is crucial for so many reasons.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” Investing in the knowledge of your employees is the best way to not only grow your revenue, but to see innovation and progress within your company.
Creating a Culture of Learning
Here are 5 reasons why creating a culture of learning will increase productivity.
1) Increased Employee Satisfaction and Decreased Turnover:
If you are able to successfully create a culture of learning, your employees will be less likely to feel stagnant in their careers and day-to-day work. A learning culture promotes teamwork, cross-department collaboration, and an open-door policy.
If employees are satisfied, they won’t leave their jobs. You will see a decrease in turnover when employees are working in a highly-engaged, learning environment.
2) Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration:
“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek
At CFS, we believe in the power of the team. We believe that when top performers share, the whole team wins.
According to a case study conducted by Insigniam, one airline software company saw a 50% increase in sales after implementing projects and programs designed to increase teamwork on their sales team.
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3) Sense of Ownership and Accountability:
Recognizing the achievements of your sales team is the next step.
“Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability,” says Anne M. Mulcahy, CEO of Xerox. Once your team begins sharing best practices, the door to feeling a sense of ownership opens.
People will want the recognition that comes from their ideas and thus they will be more willing to share them in the first place.
This also creates opportunity for accountability among the team. When you’re working to build a culture of learning, holding each member accountable creates long term success.
4) Constant Innovation:
Since employees will be learning every time they step into the office, there will be greater leaps and bounds towards innovation.
Mental models will begin to change as people see things differently. A dynamic learning culture and new ideas will start to come along more naturally.
5) Better Relationships and Teamwork:
Knowledge-sharing is one of the best ways to build and nurture relationships. When people realize that they are all working towards the same big picture, there will be less competition and more teamwork.
The best way to launch a culture of learning in any organization is from the top down. When senior management is promoting idea-sharing and question-asking, lower-level employees will follow suit.
Set time aside to share best practices and get employees talking. After all, chatting about trials, tribulations, and successes helps everyone at the end of the day.
What is your key to creating a culture of learning? Why do you believe having a culture of learning is crucial for the success of any business? I’d love to hear your take–comment below!