Employee & Professional Development Ideas from the CLO Breakfast Club
It may seem a difficult task to create the kind of learning culture that begets a competitive advantage and creating a business culture is an ongoing process. But the event's discussion also identified some important ideas for leading an evolving employee learning and professional development function in the 21st century.
Tips for Employee & Professional Development
Plan learning for the challenges you'll face tomorrow, not the ones you faced yesterday.
- Our businesses are evolving rapidly, and the impact of globalization and a customer-centric mentality are profound. It's important to think forward to new challenges instead of crafting learning and employee development opportunities that address historic problems.
Take advantage of the powerful ways new technology enables learning opportunities.
- The internet and social media allows each employee to customize learning to their own unique schedule, and helps people adapt new ideas to their learning style. These are wonderful, powerful changes, and the best L&D teams actively leverage technology for learning and development opportunities, whether it is formal or informal.
Actively look for ways to engage your middle 60% in learning.
- High-potential employees often create their own learning opportunities, but businesses need to engage everyone in their workforce to see the maximum results from their investment in learning and development.
- Building on the way technology has expanded the definition of learning beyond traditional classroom experiences as well as the need to engage everyone as a learner; we should redefine what it means for employees to learn at work and recognize the learning opportunities that happen all around us. For example, following a leader on Twitter is a form of one-to-many mentorship, and can provide small learning opportunities every day for better professional development.