Here are three reasons why you should make time for learning.
“We believe in you. That is why we hired you.”
“We invest in our employees!”
“How am I supposed to do my job when I cannot take time to learn what I need to?”
“This company doesn’t care about me or my development. Produce, produce, produce.”
Wow. What a disconnect. We see that disconnect every day when working with clients. Most clients have the best intent. They spend time creating values, defining a desired culture, and they recruit and hire based on that work. But the problem begins when the actual work must to get completed. We work more hours than we used too. We sleep with our smart phones by our side and take them with us on vacation. We lack the time to think and innovate, let alone go get developed. In addition, we do all of this with less people and resources then in the past.
Employees often cancel professional development courses because they feel too busy, do not want to look uncommitted to their work, or because their manager requests them too (over and over again). The truth is we have a culture of crisis when it comes to developing our employees. We have a turnover in leadership occurring right now and a crop of employees that have not been developed to take those leader’s places. We have employees that have difficulty being proactive and are not consistently sharpening their saws. What will the impact be? Why is this so important?
Here are three paramount reasons:
It is time that values and culture live and breathe consistently beyond hiring and recruiting. And it starts with allowing time for learning because it makes a clear statement. It tells your employees that you care about their career, their value to the organization, and you appreciate them. That is the bottom-line!
What say you?