April 30, 2019

Liz Sebag-Montefiore

 

Learning at Work Week 2019 takes place from 13th to 19th May on the theme ‘Shaping the Future’. At 10Eighty we celebrate curiosity, personal development and commitment to lifelong learning. We believe that continuous learning should be a priority for everyone, the fast pace of technological change and the imperative for creativity and innovation in the workplace make the issue of learning and development a serious matter if you want to keep your career on track.

Ongoing education and skills development are essential in an environment of economic uncertainty and disruptive technologies; so, we encourage organisations to help employees to engage in development activities that support business and employee goals, needs and aspirations.

For the individual it’s a question of self-investment and career progress and development. You may want to undertake a course of study for a specific reason, such as promotion or career change; or, you may pursue learning to broaden your horizons and satisfy your intellectual curiosity. The very act of applying yourself to your study goal is a means to leveraging your motivation and working towards the best you can be.

Future learning opportunities

The digital age is empowering employees to drive their own learning, finding internal and external resources, via elearning and virtual learning, which offer a whole range opportunities. Social learning has huge potential as we know that people learn most from each other, and technology will help us optimise learning opportunities.

One of the key components of career management is the focus on building practical skills for the present and the future. 10Eighty provide a selection of lunch and learn sessions which can be adapted to suit your needs. These 1 hour – 90 minute sessions are designed to be provided onsite in a less formal setting, offering an interactive learning environment and giving an insight into key business skills development areas.

We cover a range of topics from coaching, communication skills and connected conversations to time management, resilience health and wellbeing, alongside project management and positive psychology, contact us for more details.

Building brain power

Learning is good for you, good for the brain. The white matter in the brain is called myelin, and it helps improve performance on a number of tasks. Learning a new skill strengthens the connections between parts of your brain, and challenging activities strengthen entire networks in the brain.

The use of the lunch hour for education or training can enhance employee engagement and build morale while adding an informal aspect to the company’s development programme. Organisations that facilitate and encourage informal learning are likely to be attractive to talented employees, and produce a culture that is innovative and creative. Isn’t that the sort of culture you’d like to create in your organisation?

Not everyone will give up their lunch hour but bear in mind that a worker’s participation in a training course will have informal knowledge spillover effects on workmates. Informal learning is also positively related to the feedback employees receive at work from their co-workers and supervisors. So by improving the learning culture in your workplace you are investing in human capital development.

Creating a learning culture at work is a crucial part of human resource management strategy which enables the organisation to be competitive and attractive to high performance individuals. A culture of learning in a firm indicates to potential employees that there are opportunities for skills development and sustainable employability; and that is what the best candidates are seeking.

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