Extensive research of Bersin shows that only 6% of all organizations realize a learning culture with the associated results showed above (more innovative, productive, profitable etc.). But, perhaps even more important, these organizations are more attractive to work for (Employee engagement index of 81%).
These 6% best performing organizations worldwide share the following characteristics.
- Building Trust: One of the most important "building blocks" for the creation of a learning culture is building trust. The moment you, as a leader, succeed in creating a trust worthy environment, the non-negotiable can be discussed, the invisible becomes visible and there is room for making mistakes.
- Empowering Employees: Another important building block is empowering employees. To create intrinsic motivated staff you need purpose (meaningful jobs), mastery (within one's capabilities) and autonomy (the feeling of control).
- Demonstrate Learning's Value: It is important that "valuing learning" is given a prominent place within the organization. This can be done, for example, by working with learning objectives in addition to formulating performance goals
- Encouraging Reflection: There is no learning without reflection. It is therefore important that time is regularly set aside for reflection in the work. Practice shows that this is not automatic. What helps is to build this as fixed moments in, for example, regular progress meetings, peer2peer meetings, team meetings or project meetings.
- Formalizing Learning as a Process: This is about realizing that learning is not a one-time period (school / university) but a continuous ongoing process. There is a lot of talk about theLifelong Development Principle. This is one of the major challenges organizations currently face.
- Enabling Knowledge Sharing: In order to function optimally as a team, it is important to learn from each other. This learning is promoted through the use of the right technology and tools. But it also helps if people within your team experience sufficient space / trust to want to share learning experiences with each other. Even if these are less pleasant experiences.