Three Ways to Build a Learning Culture
At Assurance, we put our money where our brains are by encouraging employees to continuously develop the knowledge and skills needed to do their best work. Ultimately, this is a winning combination because our employees are happy they’re learning and growing – and our clients are thrilled they have the best and brightest helping them minimize risk and maximize health.
Like most things, building a culture of learning doesn’t happen overnight. But luckily we have a few tips to get you started:
- Start with making learning a priority. Seems obvious, right? Unfortunately, it’s too often overlooked. Ensuring learning and development are a priority can’t be something you “kinda-sorta” do. It starts with the executive team fully endorsing the time, effort and resources needed to do it right. You’re either all in, or your efforts will likely fall short.
- Make sure your leadership team is on the same page. All leaders within your organization have an important role here and should fully “get” (and be able to explain) why investing in your people pays in dividends. Managers should be clear on what their role is in facilitating the process of building meaningful, personalized performance and development plans. And most importantly, they should encourage their people to take advantage of the opportunity to learn and grow. Even if this means they’ll be away from their day-to-day work.
- Reward and support learning. If you recognize the benefits that investing in learning has on your people, clients and business overall – then this one is a no-brainer. At Assurance, we love celebrating our employees, and rewarding learning milestones are a perfect opportunity to show that love. A few of the ways we do this are by covering the cost of continuing education courses, as well as providing cash incentives for both passing exams and finishing a professional certification or designation.
No doubt this is just a starting point. But once everyone is committed to making learning a priority and completely clear on the role they play in building a learning culture – well, the rest is cake.
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