Why is workplace learning important?
First off, glad to see that you are still with us! Learning is a journey, and we couldn't be happier that you are starting it off with us! This is the second installment of a five-part article series, the first one is about defining workplace learning and can be found here. While we covered a few reasons why workplace learning is valuable, this article will highlight several areas that are impacted by workplace learning and therefore explain why it is so important.
Workplace learning should be a top priority because it is going to happen, regardless of the methods used to administer it. Employees learn, then retain knowledge and skills every day through watching formal training videos, the behavior co-workers, and various experiences that happen on the job. As an employer, it is crucial that you take this process seriously because it can be the reason for your company’s success or the beginning of its downfall.
When done correctly, workplace learning is a proven way for companies to guarantee that employees have the essential skills for present and future employment. It provides structured training and development, which enhances employee's knowledge and skills needed to perform their jobs, which in turn, increases productivity. Workplace learning can seem like a massive project, but that's where edOpp comes in. Our goal is to create an environment that helps employees thrive while they learn about how important their role in the company is, and what peak performance in that role looks like.
Let’s look at what Workplace Learning Addresses:
· Individual Employee Weakness
· Performance Gaps
“53% of Americans are currently unhappy at work.”
-Forbes: The Conference Board
However, let's dive deeper into what it means to address weaknesses, demonstrate consistency, convey employee satisfaction, and improve employee performance and what it does for companies and their employees.
Addressing weaknesses means not only acknowledging that it exists but taking the necessary steps to improve upon it. Doing so will allow employees within the company to strengthen their skills for development which will bridge the perceived gap and bring forward leverage that can be used in the future. Such improvements will have a purpose throughout employment, which will open the gateway to opportunities. Having a workforce of purpose will ensure career readiness is brought to the table. As the saying goes, "you're only as strong as your weakest link''.
Demonstrating consistency happens when employees are allowed time and space to apply what they have learned to real-world scenarios. To encourage this behavior, workplace learning can be modified to make lessons repetitious to increase staff members’ retention of knowledge. This will, in return, flourish into fundamental capabilities that help them work better independently and in group settings, with the confidence of knowing they’ve been provided the proper training and skills to do their job efficiently.
Employee satisfaction is, quite simply, how satisfied employees are with their current jobs. With employee satisfaction, a company’s overall objectives, as well as their expectations will be achieved. Workplace learning can develop employee satisfaction due to the sense of being valued, which can result in a supportive workplace. Employees will stay longer if they feel that an investment is being made into their development. In the end, there is no company without employees. A survey by officevibe.com showed that only:
“59% of employees say they can grow and develop at their organization.”
Workplace learning can improve employee performance by giving them the means to grow with the company and contribute to a culture built around performance. Employees are more likely to succeed when given the opportunity to do so. Continuous learning in the workplace makes employees knowledgeable about their role and how to better enrich their time at work. A report published by findcourses.co.uk found that a strong business culture of workplace learning increases employees’ performance and companies that partook in the study saw a 42% increase in internal promotions.
To sum it up, workplace learning presents an opportunity to expand the knowledge and skills of all employees. It can help the company’s mission and vision and is recommended as a tool to engage employees and invest in the growth of the company. For this reason, seek professionals who can commit to implementing favorable training plans to take your team to the next level. edOpp Solutions is a reliable and dedicated provider of workplace learning that is innovative and structured to fit every business need found within the workplace.
Thanks for reading and be on the lookout for our next installment article on Workplace Learning:"When & Where Workplace Learning Happens"