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How to Create A Learning Culture in a Remote Workplace: 6 Actionable Tips

Nov 08, 2021
Samawat Shakil
How to create a learning culture in a remote workplace

Remote workplace management hasn’t been easy for business leaders. But remote culture is something that’s here to stay. In fact, it is anticipated that 74% of the workforce will work remotely by 2028.

Thus, businesses need to prepare their remote task force to deal with the new changes. One of the best things that businesses can do today to empower their remote work culture is to create a learning culture.

Constant learning is a fundamental growth strategy for remote or even physical businesses. This facilitates businesses to adopt innovative technologies and be prepared for the future.

According to the Corporate Executive Board (CEB), learning culture means an open mindset and environment that supports shared learning for the upliftment of the organization.

A good learning culture isn’t something that you can easily harness in your organization, especially in a remote environment. But if you nurture a proper learning culture in your organization, it will become easier for you to motivate your remote workers to learn and upscale constantly.

This post will help you understand why learning culture is vital for remote workplaces and how to create it.

Why Remote Workplaces Need to Focus on Learning Culture

Learning culture was always important for businesses to expand their operational area and productivity. But after the pandemic, the need for a technically skilled and productive workforce has dramatically increased.

Today, learning culture isn’t an option for businesses but a necessity to smoothly run their operations. The need for a learning culture in remote workplaces has emerged because:

  • 70% of employees will likely leave their current organization for the organization that invests more in employee training and growth
    As of 2020, merely 38% of employees are engaged in the organization
  • 81% of employees say that they check an organization’s overall culture before applying for a job
  • According to Stanford University research Psychologist, Dr. Carol Dweck, a person will develop a growth mindset when he or she works in a progressive learning environment.

All in all, learning culture is important for employee engagement, growth, retention, and productivity. Therefore, you should practice good communication and harness productive company culture to build a learning culture in your remote organization.

6 Tips to Develop Remote Learning Culture in Your Company

If you are a remote organization, learning culture is the cornerstone of your success. Therefore, do follow these steps to build a progressive remote learning environment in your organization:

Tip #1. Involve your entire organization

Learning culture or any other culture in an organization can’t be built by only top-level initiatives. For a new culture development, the entire organization’s involvement is required.

Thus, you have to involve your entire organization in the learning culture development process from top to bottom. You need to discuss the learning environment’s importance with your whole team and request them to come up with ideas to build a healthy learning environment.

When you involve all your employees in building the learning culture, it will become easy to deploy the new culture in the remote workplace.

Tip #2. Focus on mixed learning

In remote workplaces, employees from different cultures, ages, and mindsets work. Thus, you can’t follow a standard learning method in your organization. You have to create a mixed learning system depending upon each employee’s mindset, age, and work situation.

Here, you can use skill assessment software to analyze your individual employee mindset and personality. Using the assessment data, you can build a synchronous and asynchronous learning system for better learning.

Synchronous learning allows remote employees to learn virtually from an instructor along with other colleagues. In contrast, an asynchronous system lets employees learn at their own pace by playing pre-recorded videos. This way, your employees can learn at their convenient time.

Tip #3. Provide accessible technology

Technology is an important part of a remote learning system. Your company needs to invest in a powerful learning management system that can allow your employees to learn better remotely.

You can create a centralized content library that your employees can access anytime to learn new things. LMS software can automate inviting attendees, links to webinars/podcasts, assigning courses, and tracking outcomes for you.

Tip #4. Understand employees’ learning requirements

The LMS learning environment is different from classroom learning. Here employees aren’t directly learning from a teacher, making it harder for some employees to understand a few things.

Therefore, if you want your employees to learn virtually, you must understand what challenges they are facing while learning remotely. For example, if employees are unable to understand concepts via long webinars, you can create bit-size lessons that your employees can learn at their own pace.

To know your employees, you can conduct polls and surveys in your organization. This will also help you monitor and analyze your learning culture’s success.

Tip #5. Be open with your employees

If you want your employees to learn new things of their own will, you have to tell them why learning culture is important for them and the organization. You have to tell your employees that they can better grow in their careers by learning new things and upscaling their skill sets.

It would help if you also shared with your employees how your business needs to adopt new things to adjust in the post-COVID-19 environment. If you show your employees the importance of learning and evolving, they will be more willing to learn new things.

Tip #6. Create a remote learning policy

To build a remote learning environment, you have to first compile a remote learning policy. You have to write down how you encourage your employees to learn new things and what you are offering them in return for it.

For example, you have to provide sufficient resources and time to your employees for learning. You have to incur all the expenses that employees have to pay for enrolling in virtual classes. Importantly, you have to give time to your staff for learning.

When all the terms of your remote learning culture are documented, it will make it easier for your employees to understand your company’s stand on the learning system.

Let’s Build a Learning Culture Now!

For remote workplaces, establishing a learning culture isn’t an option anymore. It is necessary to invest to grow their businesses and set up with global economic trends.

Therefore, don’t look for reasons to create a remote learning culture anymore. Just follow the tips mentioned above and build a thriving learning culture today!

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