A recent research done by Josh Bersin , indicated that employees who spend time at work learning, are less likely to be stressed, 39% more likely to feel productive and successful, 23% more ready to take on additional responsibilities, and 21% more likely to feel confident and happy. This proves that; the more you learn, the happier you become.
While technological advancement demands and requires continuous connections between relevant education or learning experiences, market shifts and employment prospect, companies tend to add more into their “to do list” to ensure its effectiveness. In other words, companies spend a lot to foster a culture of continuous learning. That’s one side of the coin.
The other side of the coin are the employees themselves. Though the culture of the organization sets the tone for ownership in learning, it is the employees’ mere responsibility to contribute internally and invest in themselves, looking for personal growth and new challenges. Mike Knapp, CEO and co-founder of SkillSmart , deliberately stated that an employee who doesn't upskill to meet the ever-evolving demands of their industry, will likely find themselves in one of two situations — first is being frustrated by the daily requirements of their job, or second, they will be replaced by new talent with the right skills.
That’s the foreseen reality that employees must be aware of. To start getting game-changing results, you must start focusing on game-changing thoughts. The statistics mentioned earlier should encourage and spur employees to change how they think about learning in the workplace, and how it might add value to the business and their own capabilities.
Here are some practical tips that anyone might consider implementing to start the transformational journey:
1- Allocate dedicated learning time into your work schedule: let your superiors and colleagues know how important the learning curve is to you. Devote some time from your work week for your learning, and timebox it.
2- Be curious and practice metacognition : be more mindful about what you do and deliver, show the initiative and ask executives for constant feedback and mentorship. Ask colleagues about their work, and their day-to-day techniques to accomplish tasks. These are considered learning experiences, and peers tend to share what they know.
3- Maintain a to-learn list : write down a list of thoughts, interests, concepts and ideas you want to explore and bookmark/log them into a list. Utilize your time to feed your curiosity, reflect on what you learn, and how it may incorporate into your day-to-day job. It’s a personal and rewarding experience.
4- Selectively subscribe to newsletters: choose a small number of high quality and relevant newsletters that suit your role and industry. This will give you a different perspective, and a wider dimension in how to craft your tasks.
We at Lumofy believe that employees in this era, should bear the responsibility for their own development. Companies can provide you the tools, create the culture and monitor your progress, but it’s your responsibility to seize such opportunities. “Once you stop learning, you start dying” as famously quoted by Albert Einstein, is a great reminder of the importance of being a life-long learner. This will help you live, grow and experience all the new things in life, as well incorporate these experiences in workplace settings.