8 TIPS FOR CREATING
A LEARNING CULTURE
How to make learning and growth
a part of your organizational DNA.
By Mark Feffer
THE ancient wisdom that learning never ends is of great modern importance. Company leaders are embrac- ing how important adaptability is to thriving in today’s quick-changing business environment. And employees from the next generation expect a work- place that will continually feed their minds and
build their skills. Indeed, training and development opportunities
are the most popular benefits an employer can offer to Millennials,
according to Deloitte’s 2016 report on corporate learning trends.
Moreover, the march of technology has only made human learning more critical. “Research suggests that within 15 years, roughly
half of all jobs will be automated,” says Edward D. Hess, professor
of business administration at the University of Virginia and co-author of Humility Is the New Smart: Rethinking Human Excellence in the Smart Machine Age (Berrett-Koehler, 2017). “What
will be the competitive differentiator for employers when raw technology is cheap and widely available? I believe it will be the quality of your human workforce—having employees who are able to
think, relate and learn continuously.”
That means creating work cultures that are geared toward constant learning. “Like most things in business, the concepts are simple,” Hess says. But “the challenges are in the execution.”