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Opportunities to learn listed as number one driver of work culture

    Creating and nurturing a culture of learning is recognised as an important driver for business. It is a long-term strategy that improves organisational performance and shows employees that you are committed to their professional development and career.

    Glint’s Employee Well-being Report shows that “opportunities to learn and grow” was the number one driver of work culture in 2020.

    According to Glint, compared to their peers at other organisations, employees at organisations with highly rated* cultures are 31% more likely to recommend working for their organisation and 25% more likely to report being happy working for their organisation.

    Building a learning culture

    Developing a learning culture will benefit all stakeholders and can be implemented simply and quickly; but here’s a few tips:

    1. Set learning as a strategic priority – at the organisational level. Just as you set goals/KPI’s/OKRs around growth and profitability, set an equal priority to learning. You can create training programmes for different functional roles using online training, improve the onboarding process and implement a regular schedule of experts to deliver guest speaker sessions on particular areas of interest.
    2. Create learning champions. In a world of influencer marketing, it will help to recruit some employees to drive the learning culture initiatives either through example or leadership.
    3. Reward constant learners. Every organisation has a few team members that never stop learning and expanding their skillset. Make an example out of these employees with visible rewards – promotion, financial compensation or simple public recognition.
    4. Hire curious people. When recruiting for a new role, make sure that curiosity is one of the characteristics that is on your list. Cultivate interview questions that will help highlight a candidate’s interest in a growth mindset.

    Building a learning culture in your business no longer has marginal benefits. In this competitive labour market it is important to clearly demonstrate your investment in the people on your team. It is clear from the 2021 Glint report that your employees will appreciate it too. You will improve retention by increasing their overall happiness at work and more reasons for the candidates that you are recruiting to say yes.