It’s something we all know but still good to have re-inforced through the publication of empirical data. A positive learning culture is directly linked to greater organisational agility, faster revenue growth, and increased employee engagement. These are some findings from a report by education technology company Degreed ‘called How the workforce learns 2021‘. The research identifies the value of positive workplace learning to retaining employees; something that is top of mind for most executives, currently battling loss of staff and skills shortages. The research found that employees want more guidance on how and what to learn. It also highlights the critical role of managers and the importance of feedback for career development.
Degreed asked over 2,400 workers from 15 countries, across several industries about the behaviors, values, and assumptions that lead to positive learning and career growth at work. Respondents were divided into those who rated their culture as positive (promoters) and those who rated it as neutral or negative (detractors). The report explores the differences between these two groups.
The link between performance and learning was explored. Promoters are 53% more likely to learn in order to perform better in their current roles. Promoters are also 50% more likely to upskill to prepare for their next potential role. Detractors are disproportionately motivated to learn only to complete requirements (68% higher in the detractor group), highlighting this group’s low levels of engagement.
The findings suggest show that besides content, there are four key factors that correlate with more continuous and impactful upskilling and career development:
- Guidance on what and how to learn
- Diverse and active development experiences
- Feedback and insights on progress
- Opportunities to practice, apply, and stretch skills
Something to remind your executive about when you next ask them to sign off on an expense for your professional development course.