Continuous learning is often described as “life-long learning” which is characterised by the ongoing, voluntary and self-motivated desire to learn. Research has shown that the best way to keep your brain sharp and active is to continue to learn a new skill or to try something new. Continuous learning is a concept that is beneficial to employees but it is also beneficial to the employer too. LinkedIn Learning research discovered that employees who spend more time learning at work are 47 per cent less likely to be stressed and per cent more likely to be more productive. These figures show that employers and organisations would benefit from introducing a significant amount
Continuous Learning Benefits the Employer
Continuous learning in the workplace provides learners with the ability to apply knowledge in ways that are beneficial to the company. According to LinkedIn’s 2019 Workforce Learning Report, 94 per cent of employees say that they would stay at a company for longer if it simply invested in learning and training for them. Corporate learning enables employees to become innovative problem-solvers and creative in their approach to work it also instils confidence in employees’ ability to do their job well.
Group activities facilitate learning as many of us tend to react to the actions, reactions and opinions of others. eLearning can be seen as isolated and non-collaborative which couldn’t be further from reality. At Enovation we have seen first-hand how LMS platforms like Moodle Workplace and Totara Social can enable the organisation to encourage group learning activities which often inspire an enjoyment for continuous group sessions within the office as it does not feel like a mandatory work task because of its social nature. Group learning, also known as social learning or collaborative learning, whether it is carried out online or in a classroom setting can create an atmosphere of open communication between peers, colleagues and team members. Learning in a collaborative manner has a positive effect on the social engagement between employees in the office, employees and team members become more willing to help each other learn new skills and talents after training if the training has been carried out in a group setting.
We live in a learning economy, careers that require a specific knowledge base with fixed skills are limited. In today’s work climate, certain tasks and daily activities are often interchangeable between a number of roles, this can increase competition which also increases the value of particular skills and the value of employees who can do those tasks better than others.
Lifelong learning may seem like a bigger task than it actually is and most organisations these days are encouraging an active learning culture, often this is supported by an LMS or through blended training techniques. Whatever stage of the learning journey your organisation is on, Enovation can help you to make continuous learning a core activity within your company. Very few companies can offer the breadth of expertise across project management, technology, instructional design, content authoring and learning and development that our team of education and training experts at Enovation can. Contact us today to get started.