The professional landscape has undergone several changes over the last few years, with momentous growth, innovation, and challenges to address in the last year alone. The digital revolution has much to do with how a company can engage their employees and drive the company forward.
With competition fiercer than ever across all industries, companies that wish to progress over the next few years must come to understand that their success relies heavily on the ability to empower their teams with the knowledge and expertise to excel within their roles. This means more than just providing onboarding, however, as successful employees need support throughout the entirety of their time with your organization. That said, incorporating continuing education within your company culture is increasingly important and has been proven valuable to organizations in all industries.
Regardless of whether your workforce is currently on site, remote, or spread across multiple geographical locations, a Learning Management System (LMS), specifically the world’s most popular LMS, Moodle™, can be the foundation of Learning & Development (L&D) programs that support company culture.
Don’t Be Content with Expertise
Contrary to popular opinion, you really don’t need your employees to instantly become experts in their field. Employees who know everything can quickly start to feel complacent, disengage from their work and find little value in what they are doing. As an employer, you should create a workplace culture that produces innovators over experts. Let your employees become experts, but don’t let them stay there. Once they have mastered one area, let them explore another. Employees, and subsequently your products and services, lose their competitive edge when innovation stops and new challenges aren’t periodically presented.
Use your Moodle™ Learning Management System (LMS) to constantly scale and update your training programs. Make new and relevant content available to specific learners by layering an LXP over your LMS, creating a Netflix-like experience for your users that empowers them to explore content that is of interest to them. Encourage them to reach higher ranks in their continuing education with badges or virtual leadership boards.
Use the Right Tools
You may be experiencing decent success with your employees doing exactly what is expected and complying with the status quo of the industry. However, you might be sabotaging your company’s potential when you don’t encourage learning and growth once onboarding is complete. Not only does the education around your products and services stagnate, but your employees lose vision, motivation, and value in their efforts to improve within their role. A culture intent on fostering learning and creativity is one that drives people to perform better, creates more job satisfaction, and makes significant improvements in both personal and professional avenues.
With Moodle™, you have the ability to create learning opportunities for your employees that can be done virtually anywhere and at any time as learning is streamlined in a digital environment. There is a world of potential for training in competencies across the different positions of your company, and instructional methods can include articles, quizzes, videos, forums, or more modernized approaches such as gamified learning, microlearning, or personalized learning paths. Employees who spend time completing their personalized learning plans are eligible to earn certifications or badges that can be recorded within the LMS or shared externally on platforms like LinkedIn.
Learning Strategies to Consider that Support Company Culture
The most important element of creating a culture of learning is, quite obviously, the formal training programs you choose to provide to learners. While we’ve already established a few ways Moodle™ can streamline and diversify those learning initiatives, there are several other elements and approaches you can incorporate to show employees how much you value creativity, engagement, and long-term learning. Here are a few that you should consider.
Within an organization, there are many employees who have years of experience underneath their belt. At the same time, there may be new employees who have fresh ideas and perspectives that have developed through their education exposure or out-of-industry experience. A formal job shadowing opportunity, where one employee can shadow another for a period of time, can expose each other to new ideas and create new insight into the relevance of other positions or departments in relation to their own role.
Another idea is to create peer coaching sessions, where employees voluntarily host training sessions or seminars in their areas of expertise (whether it is a job-related skill or not). Someone from accounting could set up a workshop that deals with personal finances or how to file taxes. With an LMS like Moodle™, these sessions could be recorded and posted for anyone in the company to access, even if they didn’t attend the seminar. Not all training or learning opportunities have to be directly related to one’s tasks. Finding ways to encourage employees to share information with each other is one of the best ways you can inspire a culture of learning throughout your company.
Many organizations have moved to team-based activities, and you can incorporate these arrangements into your learning goals. As mentioned, managers should set performance goals for their employees, using individualized learning paths in an LMS to work on specific skills. However, team-based learning is also important. Team members need the accountability of sharing their goals and helping their peers reach them. Knowing the areas of weaknesses or interest on the team can certainly help with the dynamics of workflow, and it develops more engagement with peers and the overall process. Teams should be encouraged to form unique goals for the group, then work together to achieve them.
Ready to Improve Company Culture?
Without a company culture that promotes learning and innovation, your company loses its edge. Employees won’t thrive, and morale will be low. An LMS like Moodle™ provides the flexibility and functionality to use eLearning to support company culture and align learning initiatives with business outcomes.
If you’re ready to see what Moodle™ LMS can do for you, contact the experts at eThink to schedule a demo.