You spend about a third of your life at work. That’s why it’s important that you’re happy, content and engaged in your work. Fortunately, many companies and businesses are now also realising that this is important.
According to the 2019 L&D Report compiled by findcourses.co.uk, companies that tie promotion to learning at work are 22% more likely to have highly satisfied employees. Similarly, 42% of surveyed employees saw learning at work as the important perk of their job. But what’s the connection here? And how can more companies do the same?
Learning at work should be personal as well
Good engagement and wellbeing starts with a good, cohesive team. One great, simple way that your workplace can make your team more cohesive is through training. Training needn’t be a dull necessity carried out just before your lunch break. It can be an event in and of itself.
One great way your workplace can do this is by getting you and your colleagues teaching one another. Think of it this way. Maybe your workplace needs you all to undertake some communication training. If one of your colleagues has experience in this, say as a counsellor, then your workplace could have them lead the session.
Being taught by a colleague can make even the most seemingly-dull of sessions more fun. In turn, this can help to improve your engagement during these sessions. Creating a learning culture is key. Your workplace can achieve this by enhancing interpersonal skills among you and your colleagues.
Not all learning has to be mandated courses
Depending on your job, there may be some courses that the law states that you have to take. But there’s nothing to stop your workplace from introducing training sessions that are more casual, more for fun.
For example, your workplace could set up a weekly yoga or tai chi class. They could hold a creative writing workshop. If you or one of your colleagues has an additional language, why not hold a 101 lesson in that language?
Our brains are at their most happy when they’re active. Having fun and learning with your colleagues not only boosts team cohesion, it also boosts your wellbeing at work. Exploring areas of development that may not have a direct impact on work related activities can also motivate employees. Emotional intelligence training is one of the trending topics in organizations that are looking to keep their staff engaged in the long term.
Be honest and forthright with your feedback
Part of any great workplace culture is being able to get things off your chest. This extends to learning as well.
If something didn’t go right, could’ve gone better or if you just want to say how good a session was, then a good company culture ensures that you can impart this. Those who are responsible for putting training together, normally someone in HR, should actually want to get your feedback.
Besides, if learning is key to your workplace wellbeing, then you need to make sure that your workplace learning is the best it can be.
Learning at work is important to your happiness and wellbeing in the workplace. There are things that both you and your employer can do to ensure that it’s the best it can be. Your workplace can encourage you and your colleagues to teach one another, keep it fun, and offer more recreational courses. But you can play your part too. By being honest and timely with your feedback about learning in your workplace, you can make sure that you improve courses and learning opportunities further down the line.
Luke Sandford is a writer and content producer at Educations Media Group. Currently based in Lund, he is originally from the UK and graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2018 with a BA in Education. He has since written for several outlets and has worked as an English teacher, both at home and abroad. Luke’s passion for travelling and experiencing new cultures directly impacts his work as he seeks to create engaging, informative, and useful content for a wide audience.