Even before the pandemic, there has been a hot topic regarding to upskilling and reskilling. Although we should admit that the pandemic has accelerated the urge for those elements. Many of us are thrown into the world of hybrid work model due to the mostly because of the pandemic. there is a surge of the need of new skills to support and develop new products and services emerging out of the pandemic. And how your organization can keep up with all these demands?
Turning your organization into a learning ground
The solution to keep up with a surge demand of new skills is to develop learning agility. Of course, you can also try to find employees with ‘today’s skill’. however, it will be more promising if you can develop learning agility within your organization. It means you need to future-proof your organization so everyone within can develop ability and passion to grow more.
Changing your company culture
It is not easy to change your company culture but with how you were able to survive the crisis during pandemic, it shows your organization has the potential to grow even more. Change your company culture from a mindset of ‘know-it-all’ to ‘learn-it all’. this way, your team members always have a mindset to keep growing. Don’t make them feel bad for not knowing things but provide them opportunity to grow their curiosity and eager to learn.
Your leadership does matter
When it comes to managing organization, leadership is always the start. Leaders should partake in a bunch of mandatory classes scheduled for their employees as well since it set the right example. If the leaders are unwilling or not passionate about learning, then the employees will take it as a waste of time as well.
Offering various learning modalities
Since every individual is different and unique, instead of focusing only on providing the best tools, why not offering variety of learning modalities for your team members? Some of them may learn quicker and better through online classes, while others may do it better through job coaching. When it comes to learning, there is no such thing as one-size-fits-all. Hence, offer different methods so your team members can choose which fits them the best,
Providing dedicated time and space for learning
You cannot just tell your employees to grow their skills in between their hectic schedule, expecting them to be such a superhero with unlimited power to do many things at once. Instead, dedicate time and space for them to consume and absorb the learning. Keep in mind that learning for employees and regular students are different. The environment, the setting, and the responsibilities are different. Hence, you can’t just force your team members to learn without providing the time and space properly.
You goal is to build learning agility. Hence, it is important to not limit the subject areas into work-related things only. Make sure that the subjects they learn are fun and interesting. The main goal from this is to build their passion about learning, sharing, and collaborating with others.