How integral is personal learning and development in your company? Do you value it? Do your employees value it?
I don't mean do your employees attend loads of training courses but instead, do they have a personal desire and "fire in their belly" to seek ways in which they can learn and stretch themselves in their own time? Are they happy to get the job done day in day out or are they broadening their minds through learning and seeking to improve themselves, their skills and ultimately bring creative ideas to your workplace?
The world is full of learning opportunities now from books and website articles through to Youtube and Podcasts. From 5 minute learnings to intense boooks etc... and so content in a format for whatever your preferable learning style maybe.
A great article raising awareness of the power of personal learning.
The CIPD recently published a nice study about how the City of London Corporation is trying to encourage employees to catch the ‘learning bug’. The key objective of this policy is to improve cohesion and collaboration between different functions and specialisms, and to increase internal mobility. For staff at all levels, learning is important and the emphasis on collaboration means that alongside the external training, expert employees share their expertise with classes covering fencing, Spanish and knitting, among others. In case you are wondering, 10Eighty’s researcher says that it not a stretch to imagine knitting as a mindfulness practice, or perhaps a form of meditation. Studies show that knitting has significant psychological and social benefits, which can contribute to well-being and quality of life. Learning new things whether practical skills or theoretical knowledge is always worthwhile.