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Enhancing Organizational Learning    [Date Added : 08/29/2017 ]
Learning and development (L&D) is intricately tied to employee engagement and employee retention. Today, employees are expected to keep pace with changing conditions in a dynamic work environment. Support by way of upskilling is considered a crucial success factor, and employees are turning to digital learning. As a result, L&D professionals are facing huge challenges when engaging learners. Here are some ways that L&D professionals can enhance the organizational learning experience for employees:

1. Personalized content: A one-size--fits-all mentality no longer works when it comes to learning. Every learner has a particular learning style and specific learning needs. The content must be curated according to the role, geography, performance expectations, deployment channels, learning styles, etc. Only when being presented a personalized learning experience, will learners feel a "pull" towards learning.

2. Continuous commitment to content: It is natural that employees will lose interest seeing the same content every few months. Content must be constantly updated to meet the changing learning needs, as well as to engage learners.

3. Bite sized learning: There is a need for bite-sized learning, by designing short, quick and interactive learning modules. Short but meaningful content packaged as snippets of learning are a great engagement tool, too, a short break from routine work.

4. Social learning: Learning is no longer limited to an employee signing into a module, completing it, and signing off. A lot is to be learned through social interactions and the wealth of knowledge and experience that people carry with them. Today there are a plethora of social learning platforms available to make knowledge accessible and shareable on a wide scale.

5. Track program effectiveness: L&D professionals must know whether the training is serving to meet the learning objectives. L&D must be able to translate learning outcomes to business metrics. For this, the L&D team must involve business and finance stakeholders to measure and portray learning effectiveness.

Creating an effective L&D program is a learning journey that L&D professionals must embark on if they wish to meet the learning objectives. Moreover, these learning objectives may change over time, as per the changing business landscape. L&D professionals must thus stay in tune with business changes and the market trends in the L&D space.

("How to Enhance Organizational Learning." by Rhucha Kulkarni,, August 9, 2017. Copyright 2017 HRTechnologist)
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