Implement Ongoing Learning Culture

Ongoing Learning is crucial for continuous improvement. Make this a part of training and development policy. Take steps to become a knowledge organization.

Every worker is expected to continue learning, thus, improving skills and competence and up-dating know-how. Organizations that send employees for training on a regular basis stand to gain in the long run. Unpredictable events will not catch them totally unaware.

Make a proper record of the qualifications, work experience, courses attended, special skills and competence of every member of your workforce.

This is useful when deciding on the types of training that employees need to attend. In this way, you avoid sending employees for the same type of courses or training, that is, training that has the same course contents.

You may want to use an HR software for this purpose.

Alternatively, you can build up the training capability of the organization. Recruit people who have the right training expertise to manage or conduct in-house training.

Details of the training records should include not only the course contents but also the course organizer or provider. This is for decision making purposes. These records can help to determine which course providers are better trainers, which courses are more suited to employees' and or the organizational needs.

Include in the records courses attended by employees before joining.

More dedicated and committed workers

Everyone in the organization has a specific role to play. Take effective steps to effectively manage their learning on a continuous basis.

The following will further enhance the knowledge and skills of workers.

  • Where situation permits, identify employees with high potential and sponsor or subsidize them in acquiring higher qualifications or skills training.
  • Arrange for attachment training that are highly-relevant. This will go a long way in improving employees' skills and expertise.
  • Allow employees to enroll for weekend courses that are related to their jobs.

These are only some of the things you can do to improve employees' knowledge and skills that have positive effect on performance and productivity.

Effects of Continuous Ongoing Learning

More effective management of employees skills, competence and knowledge contribute toward attaining the following objectives:

  1. Better skills set and higher capacity for work among employees;
  2. Higher level of expertise;
  3. Wider scope of and more up-to-date knowledge;
  4. Better career progression prospect for employees;
  5. Higher motivation and productivity;
  6. Better positioning in achieving higher profitability.

Ongoing learning means lifelong learning. This helps in the continuous improvement of services. With up-to-date knowledge and expertise, organizations can move forward in response to rapid changes within the business environment.

If you fail to implement ongoing learning programs, your people's skills will stagnate. Their know-how will become outdated. Your organization will lose its competitive edge. It may progress slowly. And the organization will find it hard to face new challenges for lack of capacity and capability.

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” ~ Henry Ford

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