If you were asked to define company culture, what would come to mind?
With many definitions out there, Forbes makes an effort to simplify it as, “something preexisting in your company’s genetic code.” This genetic code can include a variety of characteristics including values, a mission and habits which all contribute to a company’s norms and culture. These norms become a foundational tool for both acquiring new talent and developing the skills of an organizations’ current employees.
That being said, being able to identify what it takes to build a culture of both impact and relevancy requires intentionally in identifying your goals and a path to achieve them. While these values are unique to each organization, it is safe to say that for the majority of businesses, training and skill development is of some foundational significance.
Enhancing your Culture
When it comes to training initiatives, understanding how to inspire a workforce can be challenging. The difficulties stem from a company’s inability to distinguish a successful approach to encourage employees in promoting learning to their fellow colleagues.
The Remedy? Employee-to-Employee learning.
As pioneered by Google with the Googler to Googler program, this approach encourages companies to allow ordinary employees to step into a facilitator role, normally filled by an HR representative, specifically for training purposes. Despite its unconventional tactics, Employee-to-Employee learning helps nourish a culture that no longer views training as a “have to”. Instead, it leverages the diversity of talent amongst your workforce to promote an environment that strives towards continuous improvement.
Charged with the task of rallying colleagues and promoting a learning culture? You shouldn’t have to do it alone. Utilizing eLearning as a foundational tool can help provide a blended and engaging solution that will help shoulder the challenges and keep the learner coming back for more. Here are just a few of the ways:
Job-Specific Learning Paths
Providing relatable and relevant content is important for keeping the learner engaged. With an adjustable learning track comprised of self-study, instructor-led and virtual course work catered to the needs of each individual learner, your workforce will be more empowered to take ownership of their skill development through a well-rounded and guided learning path.
Measuring and Reporting Success
A clear method of measuring improvement can help provide systematic benchmarks for success and a framework for setting feasible goals. With the robust reporting structure a Learning Management System provides, administrators can identify how to structure the learner’s path to encourage continuous development.
Providing a Voice
Ensuring that users have the capability to be heard is important. With several tangible ways to communicate including course comment boxes, surveys and rating systems, an LMS can provide a way to further culture outside of traditional training.
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