What is a learning culture?

If your people are going to have the skills required for success, learning needs to be a strategic imperative. A learning culture puts continuous development of knowledge and competence at the heart of everything your organization does. Enabling every employee to continuously seek, share, and apply new knowledge and skills.

Of course, learning environments come in all shapes and sizes. There isn’t one right way to achieve a learning culture, but there are some common characteristics:

Encourage active learning

Encouragement when learning puts individuals in a position where they can excel in an environment that is accommodating to their education. An effective way of incorporating active learning into the workplace is by providing access to a range of learning programs and tools which ultimately promotes and enforces a positive learning culture in the workplace. Each employee will require different learning programs according to their field and skillset and companies should also pay close attention to what skills need to be sharpened in order for these programs to be worth the time and effort.

Fill your skill gaps

A key component to having a successful learning culture in the workplace is having employees that are open to wanting to learn and improve on their skills and knowledge. Adaptability is important to ensure that the company culture can evolve with the times and continuous engagement in education is important. Employee needs must be supported to promote a sustainable and positive learning culture in the workplace, which requires the company to pay attention to what needs to be improved on. When the company is able to identify any emerging skills gaps, they need to be willing and able to provide learning resources to improve their workforce. 

Make it sociable

Part of having a successful working culture is ensuring that the process of learning is fun and engaging. When learning feels like a chore, employees will feel less inclined to want to learn and information won’t be retained as effectively. Although education is to be taken seriously, it also shouldn’t feel too rigid. By creating a sense of fun and sociability when it comes to the learning culture in the workplace, employees will feel far more eager to engage in the learning programs, which will ultimately benefit everyone.

Ask employees what they want to learn 

Your employees already have a wealth of knowledge and experience under their belt to help them successfully do their job. Employees know themselves well and by allowing open communication, they will be able to let the company know what skills are lacking and what skills need to be improved on. In saying that, make sure to ask them what ways would be the easiest or most effective ways for them to learn said skills. 

Create access to resources 

It’s incredibly important for an organisation to provide its employees with access to resources that they can refer back to and revisit when necessary. It gives employees the ability to feel as if they can readily access resources and information to better improve their skillset and overall knowledge.


In an age of accelerated change, it’s important to instill a learning culture that is able to adapt and move with the times to help improve the learning culture within the working environment. 

A positive learning culture in the workplace is invaluable and should not be overlooked by organisations as a learning culture within the workplace is a sustainable solution to ensuring a strong, effective, and well-educated workforce.

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