As the emergence of learning formats like massive open online courses and stackable credentials suggests, people prefer easy-access education on their schedule.
This includes employees, who are consistently balancing demands at work and at home. As a result, one of the best ways to keep your team learning is to ensure that access to expertise is simple and straightforward.
As an example, one of the things that I’m most proud of at our company is that we provide 52 hours of free tutoring to everyone who joins our team – roughly an hour each week throughout the year. Employees can share these hours with their families, but we’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much our staff members use this benefit on themselves, not just to learn new skills that can be applied to their jobs, but to pursue personal passions like writing fiction, speaking a foreign language or drumming (that last one’s me).
Learning can and should be about much more than adding another bullet point to your CV, but almost no one will take advantage of the offering if the process is overly complicated or unclear.