This year, we are proud to have sponsored the latest research report on learning culture from the Association for Talent Development (ATD). For the past 20 years, we have seen two basic approaches to learning in organizations:
- Implementing necessary compliance and mandatory learning systems
- Improving performance, engagement, and morale by creating learning cultures, driving innovation, and attracting, developing and retaining talent.
When organizations adopt the second approach, they realize success. A true learning culture provides an active process of learning. It develops morale and motivation. It aids in the retention of talent. And it fosters the understanding and appreciation for other perspectives. At Paradigm Learning, we have seen our greatest success with organizations that invest in learning.
In its latest research on learning culture, ATD identifies actions business leaders in top companies take to support learning culture, looks at the roles played by employees, and examines the valuable contributions that result from effective talent management processes.
Here are some of the key findings from the report:
- 31% of organizations have a learning culture. These organizations are considered the top performers. They invest in their people by making time for learning, and then they leverage this commitment to attract and retain talent. We are delighted to share that a number of our clients are included in this elite group.
- A learning culture is a hallmark of high-performance organizations. According to the research, these top performing companies are twice as likely to claim that their learning investments help them meet organizational business goals. This is especially significant because learning and development teams contribute positively to real results for the organization, which further underscore their value as evidenced by the partners they bring in and the training programs they create.
- A learning culture is an integral part of the hiring process. Discussing an employer’s commitment to ongoing development during pre-hire interviews is a trend with high-performing organizations. And they don’t stop there. They also infuse learning into their onboarding process, which gives new talent a taste of the learning culture.
- Leaders in top companies champion learning’s importance. We believe that learning needs the support of leaders. And ATD’s research confirmed it. High-performance organizations are three times more likely than lower performers to hold leaders at all levels accountable for actively promoting the importance of learning.
- Employees are aligned with the goals of the business. In our role in providing business acumen and employee alignment solutions worldwide, we especially took note of this one. Research revealed that workers in high-performance companies are three times more likely to understand the role their jobs play in producing business results.
To find out more from this insights-packed report, get your copy of ATD’s research HERE. So are you a part of the 31%? If not, take the first steps today for building a culture of learning in your organization.