Magazine article Talent Development

Employee Knowledge Sharing Helps Nurture a Culture of Learning: Make It Easy for Employees to Create and Share Learning Content

Magazine article Talent Development

Employee Knowledge Sharing Helps Nurture a Culture of Learning: Make It Easy for Employees to Create and Share Learning Content

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A culture of learning is one in which employees at all levels of an organization continuously seek, share, and apply new knowledge and skills to improve their own performance as well as that of the organization. While leaders are integral to learning cultures, employees play an important role too. Of course, the talent development function plays the most critical role.

The Association for Talent Development (ATD) and the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) recently released the research report Building a Culture of Learning: The Foundation of a Successful Organization. Sponsored by Paradigm Learning, the report provides insights on the organizational benefits of having a thriving learning culture and how talent development professionals can build such a culture.

ATD and i4cp surveyed 832 talent development professionals and found that employees at high-performance organizations are four times more likely to share knowledge with their colleagues as workers at low-performance organizations.

Although 87 percent of participants report that their organization provided tools or resources to encourage employee knowledge sharing, not all of these organizations are providing employees with guidance on how to best leverage user-generated content to help achieve learning goals.

For example, most organizations use intranets as a means of knowledge sharing among employees.

Other common technology used for knowledge-sharing purposes include organizational social media platforms and live meeting platforms (for example, Adobe Connect or WebEx). …

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