“A man who asks is a fool for five minutes. A man who never asks is a fool for life.” – Chinese Proverb
As we mention in the article “Learning Is No Longer An Option“:
Perpetual learning is a set of cultural values and a state of mind that enables employees to enhance their skills and knowledge at their own pace through a personalized development design. It empowers employees to perform effectively and adapt to changes in the workplace.
In other words, Perpetual learning is the “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated” pursuit of knowledge. It could be for either personal growth or career advancement. It is the constant learning of new concepts, unlearning of redundant concepts or ideas, and relearning of the latest knowledge or information.
WHY MORE COMPANIES ARE CHANGING TO PERPETUAL LEARNING?
According to the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report, 50% of all employees will need reskilling by 2025.
Moreover, employees are more likely to stay with a company that offers reskilling opportunities. As reported by a LinkedIn 2022 Workplace Learning Report, 94% of employees would stay with a company longer if it invested in their career development.
In fact, the popularity of employee development is increasing more and more. Over half of the organization now agree that upskilling and reskilling are partially employers’ responsibilities. Employees that are not challenged to improve and progress may well be left behind or experience turnover/retention.
HOW PERPETUAL LEARNING IS IMPACTING THE WORKPLACE?
“Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future.” — Brian Tracy
Perpetual learning impacts today’s workplaces on four levels: personal, individual, professional, and organizational.
ON A PERSONAL LEVEL: perpetual learning refers to the continuous expansion of skills and skill-sets (the knowledge, abilities, and experience needed to perform a job) through learning and increasing knowledge. The need to adapt both professionally and personally as life changes are as real as the changes themselves.
ON AN INDIVIDUAL LEVEL: perpetual learning is defined as the daily practices an individual employee undertakes to continue increasing knowledge, such as:
- Asking for help when something is not understood,
- Observing more experienced employees at work,
- Trying new ways to do tasks and exploring alternative methods,
- Practicing what has already been learned,
- Finding ways to improve, such as taking training programs or online seminars outside of work.
ON A PROFESSIONAL LEVEL: perpetual learning is about further expanding a skill-set (the knowledge, abilities, and experience needed to perform a job) in response to a changing work environment and new industry developments.
ON AN ORGANIZATIONAL LEVEL: perpetual learning guides teams to adapt to changes in the business environment. This is important because the ever-changing economic climate demands that organizations are up-to-date with the latest knowledge, and also be flexible and easily adaptable to business advances.
In conclusion, perpetual learning is a critical element for personal and professional growth in the modern world. With the rapid pace of technological advancement and the changing nature of work, individuals who are committed to continuous learning will be better equipped to adapt and thrive in the face of uncertainty. By embracing a growth mindset, seeking out new knowledge and experiences, and continuously challenging themselves, lifelong learners can unlock their full potential and achieve their goals. So, let us commit ourselves to the pursuit of perpetual learning, and embrace the opportunities that come with a lifetime of intellectual curiosity and exploration.
To foster a culture of perpetual learning and development, it’s important to leverage intelligent learning tools As Docebo®’s expert, Apprendere will help your organization and your employees learn more, connect deeper, adapt faster, and perform better through intelligent Cloud LMS platform designs to create beautiful learning experiences that are tailor-made for your use case to help you deliver engaging, continuous, and personalized learning and development experiences that will drive your business impact.
I hope this helps you on your journey to establishing a perpetual learning culture!
Some question for you!
- What are some strategies you can use to cultivate a mindset of perpetual learning in yourself and others?
- How can organizations encourage employees to prioritize perpetual learning and development, and provide opportunities for them to do so?
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