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New year, new skills: Methods to improve learning at your company

It'd be great if running a business was like riding a bike. You learn how to ride a bike once, and you acquire all the skills you need to know to ride a bike for the rest of your life. 

Unfortunately, running a company isn't quite like riding a bike. Learning new skills and honing old ones – or continuous learning, as it's called – is essential for a productive workforce and a competitive business. 

Amp up the education in your workplace in 2018 with the methods and strategies below:

Hold trainings and educational workshops often 

There are always things that you and your employees should be trained in, whether it's a new coding language, a new content management system or a new workflow. Holding workshops and other training events to teach these skills is far more effective than sharing how-to steps via email. Include free breakfast and coffee or free lunch at these events to make participation more enticing. 

Create a culture of learning

For continuous learning to truly flourish at your organization, you need to create a work culture that openly embraces the sharing of ideas and the development of new skills. You could incorporate learning and development into your company's mission statement or set of core values. Ensure that executive leadership, hiring managers and HR are all onboard with communicating with employees in ways that promote learning, not hinder it. 

Poll employees 

You're far more likely to have greater attendance at training events and workshops if you target these events toward subjects employees actually want to learn about. Polls and surveys can help you identify hot topics and skills that workers most want to learn about and develop. 

Use webinars for training 

To make sure your remote workforce doesn't miss out on the benefits of in-office learning events, conduct training via webinars. With their ease of incorporating multimedia materials, webinars make learning dynamic and fun. As an added bonus, they can be saved and archived in your company's learning library for future reference. 

Tweak your benefits

Demonstrate that your company truly values continuous learning by adjusting your benefits. Perhaps your company can offer to reimburse employees for tuition if they choose to go back to school, or can spend more funds to send them to industry conferences and events. You could also consider giving employees a personal day to work on their hobbies or interests. 

Continuous learning is the seed of innovation. Discovering different ways of doing things and honing new skills leads to success and productivity, and with the tips above, you can improve learning at your company. 

How to Increase Employee Engagement and Why It’s Important

Sir Richard Branson, CEO of Virgin and entrepreneur, has a well-known philosophy: employees come first.

In an interview with Inc. president and editor-in-chief Eric Schurenberg, he explains his theory, “If the person who works at your company is 100 percent proud of the brand and you give them the tools to do a good job and they are treated well, they’re going to be happy and therefore the customer will have a nice experience.”

It seems simple: Happy employees are engaged employees. Engaged employees deliver on results.

It’s not just customer service. Engaged employees are more productive, bring in more revenue, and deliver better quality.

Here are the stats:

  • Fast Company indicates engaged employees are 12% more productive.
  • Harvard Business Review concluded more engaged organizations have double the rate of success than ones that don’t.
  • Harvard Business Review notes that more engagement equates to “48% fewer safety incidents; 41% fewer patient safety incidents; and 41% fewer quality incidents (defects).”

Increase employee engagement

What is employee engagement?

Engagement can mean a variety of things, but at it’s core– it’s employees’ desire to come to work and do their best. Engaged employees typically believe in the company, including its goals. They know how they contribute to the goals and successes. They talk about the company to friends, encouraging them to join the company.

Engaged employees are fulfilling a purpose. They feel pride in their company and their work.

What can you do to increase employee engagement?

There are a variety of levers that human resource professionals use to increase employee engagement. Here are a few ideas:

  • Engage your leaders — executives and officers. Leadership sets the example and the tone. The more engaged leaders are, the more engaged the rest of the organization is. Coach these leaders as necessary.
  • Practice open and kind communication. If there’s a culture of open communication, people will be more likely to be kind and honest. They’ll also accept feedback more readily. This open and kind communication will ensure, too, that toxicity is diminished if not destroyed. Ensuring employees have a voice is half the battle to increasing employee engagement.
  • Trust and push down authority. Are the employees most able to make the right decisions making them? Is there unnecessary bureaucracy or micromanagement?
  • Help people understand how they contribute to revenue as well as company success. If they know how they’re influencing success, they’ll keep doing what you need them to.
  • Ensure the environment is healthy — consider the wellbeing of employees and provide perks around them like the ability to volunteer and ways to exercise.
  • Train new managers. Set things right from the very beginning. Help new managers understand their role, especially in making people and the company successful.
  • Celebrate wins. When employees succeed, let them know. This feedback is just as important as areas where they need to improve.
  • Ensure employees are able to chart their own course, receive promotions, and use their best skills. Create
    projects that are a stretch, but make sure they have everything they need to do it. Allow them to make mistakes, too. That’s how everyone learns.
  • Provide perks like working from home. Indeed indicates two of the top three benefits are related to working from home.

Have any tips around increasing employee engagement?

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