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4 Key Ways to Create a Culture of Learning

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/330730

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4 Key Ways to Create a Culture of Learning
7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. During the last recession, companies that were best at engaging their employees, in part by providing the training they needed to move forward in their careers, enjoyed profit gains of 26 percent, compared to losses of 14 percent at companies that were worst at engagement.

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Benefits of a learning culture

During the last recession, companies that invested in their employees, in part by providing the training they needed to move forward in their careers, enjoyed profit gains of 26 percent, compared to losses of 14 percent at companies that were worst at this type of engagement.

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When hiring, screen for learners

  • Ask about passion projects. Learners tend to pursue something else outside work (training for a marathon, playing with a band, etc.)
  • Focus on curiosity as much as hard skills. Bring up problems currently facing the team and see how the candidate responds.
  • One of the most important things to a learning mindset is the ability to admit you don't know something. So be aware of how they approach the things they don't understand.

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Learning as a company policy

This means explicitly defining ongoing learning as a core company value.

Empowering employees can mean providing the time or money to enable learning - in other words, offering learning opportunities as a job benefit like health insurance. 

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Learn from mistakes

A culture of learning means mistakes are important - be sure not to punish mistakes.

They happen when people try something new, which is the kind of behavior that leads to breakthroughs and innovations.

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Outside inspiration

To maintain a culture of learning, be sure your employees know how to listen to customer feedback and are empowered to respond to it in creative ways.

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