In an effort to stay ahead of the competition, companies today create lifelong learning programs for their employees, but often fail to motivate them appropriately.
Existing Upskilling Programs
- Today's lifelong learning programs focus primarily on perfecting existing skills, but in a fast-changing world, this knowledge rapidly becomes outdated.
- Moreover, it has been known that the main motivator for employees to participate in this type of program is the fear of losing their job, a reason which rarely fosters innovation.
The Passion of the Explorer
- Instead, lifelong learning programs should broaden the very definition of “learning” to include the creation of _new _knowledge and analytic tools.
- Such projects would require much more engagement and effort which is why it is imperative that the employees are truly motivated.
- Deloitte Insights conducted a study to learn how companies can instill the motivation to learn and grow, and found that the “passion of the explorer” is the most powerful stimulus:
- Explorers achieve impact in a specific domain that excites them.
- They view unexpected challenges as an opportunity to learn.
- When confronted with these challenges, explorers will connect with others who can help them achieve even better results.
- Cultivating curiosity, imagination and creativity is necessary to shift from performing routine tasks to scalable learning, where everyone learns faster together.