Did you know that 94% of employees said investment in training and development is one of the major reasons they would decide to stay in a role for longer? And that 68% of employees say training and development is the company's most important policy?

As the rate of skills change and accelerate across both old and new roles in all industries, proactive and innovative skill-building and talent development is an urgent issue. With managers leading the charge for the learning and development of their teams, we’ve put together a little list for you all to show how to encourage an environment of learning in your workplace.

1. Plan what you need and want your employees to learn, and how you’re going to teach them 

While some learning will be organic and informal, it is also essential to have structured and formalised learning in order to meet specific outcomes. It also creates a baseline of knowledge throughout the organisation, as everyone will have the same resources and the same access to the information. 

A necessary part of planning the learning for your employees is making sure there are goals and objectives for them to meet. These goals should be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound (SMART). Learn more about creating SMART learning outcomes here. 

2. Make training easily accessible

Making learning accessible to every member of your team is imperative to building a culture of learning among the organisation. Not only does accessible learning encourage an inclusive workplace, but it also means that learning can be absorbed more efficiently and productively than if it was out-of-reach.

This can be achieved by making the move away from traditional face-to-face training and towards a digital learning strategy. As we see our world shift more in the direction of global dispersed workforces, digital learning modules are able to be accessed all over the world, from multiple devices and should be built to be accessed by those with disability or impairment. 

At Savv-e, we believe that accessibility and inclusive design should be a part of every custom eLearning module we build and aim to meet accessibility requirements such as WCAG 2.1 AA. Download our Accessibility Checklist today to see if your digital learning is stacking up.

3. Lead with a growth mindset

Growth mindset has been a bit of a buzzword over the past few years, and is defined as a belief that construes intelligence as malleable and improvable. In order to catapult your organisation into a position where it is constantly growing and changing, ask yourself the question “Is my organisation a fixed-mindset or growth-mindset workplace?”

In the workplace, employees and leaders with growth mindsets are valuable assets because they view setbacks as learning opportunities and are therefore in a constant state of growth.

Employees like these are 49% more likely to say that the company fosters innovation, and they’re 34% more likely to feel a strong sense of ownership and commitment to the company.