No one can deny the importance of learning in life and people in organizations.
Learning empowers. It is the means by which you can reach the next level. And eventually to the highest level possible.
Learning leads to wisdom which, in turn, improves productivity. And to a better quality of life.
Learning is a continuous activity by which you gain more knowledge about something important. Knowledge of the right nature equips employees with the capability to perform their jobs better.
It is for this reason that corporate leaders need to know what knowledge organizations need for improvement and survival. They can then equip their people with such knowledge. This goes to show importance of learning things that are relevant.
This is Wikipedia's definition.
Some people speak of wisdom as "accumulated knowledge". This is the knowledge present in organizations.
Others describe wisdom as a way of "dealing with the world". When applied to organizations, we are referring to the "world" of human resources, and other things.
Wikipedia describes wisdom as "...understanding, experience...along with a capacity to apply these qualities well..."
In the area of strategic human resource management we include the type of wisdom that leads to new or better insights, new ways of understanding, new ways of doing things.
Together with the ability to apply the newly-gained knowledge in the preparation of strategic human resource plan, your organization can reach a higher level of productivity.
We know that "adults learn differently from children".
When you conduct training activities remember that your employees' capacity to acquire knowledge is colored by their personal experiences. These are either positive or negative.
Malcolm Knowles puts forward several assumptions about adult learning.
Knowledge helps organization to prosper. Knowledge empowers people.
Does your organization have the culture of promoting a knowledge organization, asking questions such as what learning can do for you, the employees?
You will notice signs whether your corporate culture is achieving this.
In this information age, organizational success is subject to the accuracy of available data and knowledge, and the way these are processed. Organizations cannot underestimate importance of learning. They need to ensure employees get the right knowledge and skills such as language skills.
But it is not enough just to know the importance of learning. Effective application of the wisdom gained is even more important.
Improve your organization's position by making use of the intellectual capital presently available in the organization.
Intellectual capital includes:
Help your people in the sharing of information and ensure that they can easily obtain them.
If not managed properly, knowledge is ineffectual in reducing or eliminating waste, whether time, efforts or both.
Knowledge management involves making full, effective and efficient use of the knowledge presently residing in your organization.
It also involves creating and communicating new knowledge among employees.
Effective Training Management
Trainability is a pre-condition for learning. In this case, if you have people reporting to you, explain to them that what learning can do for you, it will do for them, too.
Take this into consideration when formulating training methodology and techniques.
It is essential that you know your people's attitudes towards training and what they expect to get from it.
Ensure that employees are aware of:
Some of these are related to matters mentioned under what a knowledge organization is.
In these activities,
It is to the advantage of your organization if the provision and acquisition of knowledge and skills are managed strategically.
Remember this in the process of formulating your human resource strategy.
Learning is an essential part of Human Resource Development. The importance of learning for employees and organization alike is closely connected to effective dissemination of information and effective use of such information.
"How did I succeed in my studies today? Could I have learned more? Could I have studied better? Is there something I neglected?"
- Pythagoras to his students.