Thursday, 23 July 2015

Hand's on Learning

Learning has become a huge part of any HR strategy. It is generally acknowledged and accepted that in order for your organization to succeed you must invest in your staff. It improves productivity, employee engagement, and just general happiness. Most employees will want to keep learning and growing and feeling more confident in the job.

Learning can take place from videos, classrooms, courses, speakers etc. but nothing beats actual hands on learning.  Back in Montessori pre-school everything is taught hands on to engage all of the senses. The same can be said in organizational learning. Give an employee a project to do as part of a learning program, allow them to utilize all their skills and knowledge but rather than feeling pressurized when performing a new task it can be a collaborative environment where employees learn as they go. Yes mistakes will be made but the overall goal is learning from them. When you learn by doing there is a concrete goal to reach, if it’s not reached consider why not and how to get there. The learning process can be fluid and flexible.

When considering implementing new courses of action rather than breaking it up into short projects divide it into learning sections where at various break points examine what new skills/processes etc. have been learned. Re-inforce those and share amongst the organization for a total learning environment.

Culture as part of organizational strategy

There is no right or wrong organizational culture. Your culture embodies company values and the way things are done within the organization. Whatever the culture, it must be in alignment with strategic goals. When considering the culture look at:

1.       How are employees communicated with?
2.       The onboarding process covering all areas of recruitment, hiring and training.
3.       Do HR benefits accurately represent the culture you are trying to convey?
4.       Are employees seen as key stakeholders?

A company’s culture can be a competitive advantage or disadvantage depending on how it is handled. A culture in alignment with overall organizational goals can present a strong employer brand and attract top talent. By engaging your workforce and fostering their talent you can empower the collective spirit of the organization.