[feat-img-left] Pop quiz: Is your organization a culture of learning, or a culture of nonlearning? The answer to this question is likely aligned with how successfully you feel your company is performing at any given time.
What is a learning culture?A learning culture is one in which everyone:
- feels encouraged to expand their knowledge and skill set,
- can adapt quickly to changing circumstances by learning new methods, and
- has opportunities to participate in professional development.
What does a nonlearning culture look like?Nonlearning cultures are a barrier to creating dynamic and innovative organizations, says Gill. “An organization that has a culture that, in effect, closes off communication as well as stifles honest feedback and reflection does not allow for organizational learning to occur.” Do any of these qualities sound familiar?
- Rewarding individual effort, but not team collaborations
- Not allowing employees to take time to develop skills via trainings and seminars
- Punishing individuals (even indirectly) for trying new strategies
- Not following up on employee satisfaction surveys