Are you struggling to keep your employees engaged and inspired in today’s fast-paced, digital work environment? You’re not alone. According to Microsoft’s 2022 Work Trend Index, 55% of global employees think the best way for them to develop their skills is to change companies. 94% say they would stay at their company longer if they could benefit from more learning and development support. In fact, employees consider opportunities to learn and grow as the #1 driver of great work culture – a jump from 2019 when it was ranked #9. So, if employee retention is a key strategic priority for you this year, it’s time to review your organisation’s approach to learning and development.
Companies that prioritise learning and development are not just more likely to attract and retain top talent, they are also better positioned to keep up with the rapid pace of technological change. World Economic Forum’s research suggests that 50% of employees will need reskilling by 2025. Companies that invest in learning and development are better equipped to adapt to changes and remain competitive. In fact, high performing learning organisations are 92% more likely to innovate. It’s no surprise that learning and development helps foster a culture of continuous improvement and innovation. When employees are encouraged to learn and develop their skills, they are more likely to take risks, try new things, and come up with innovative solutions to problems.
I’m sure you already have some form of a learning and development programme in your organisation. How successful has it been in embedding a growth mindset in your workplace culture?
As a change practitioner, I am privy to the perspectives of a range of different stakeholders. Whether it’s leaders, field staff, corporate staff, or champions – on the subject of learning and development they tend to share the same frustrations:
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So, it’s clear traditional training tactics are missing the mark. Employees are spending less than 1% of their work week on formal training. The modern learner structures their workday around their lifestyle – which means they look for answers just-in-time, prefer on-demand resources, and rely on on-the-job interactions with their network of peers, teammates and managers for professional and personal development.
Lucky for us all, Viva Learning has been built with all this in mind. Part of Microsoft’s employee experience offering – Viva Learning is centered around the employee’s wants and needs.
With a personalised, adaptive learning experience that is natively integrated into platforms that employees already work in, Microsoft intends to empower employees to take ownership of their individual growth and development. Through meaningful, timely, and relevant resources and recommendations, employees get the training they want, the training they need, and even the training they didn’t know they needed! Even better, it’s available in context – allowing employees to discover, consume, and converse about content, and return to their tasks in a cadence that works for them.
When adopted along with the full Viva suite, Forrester’s 2022 Total Economic Impact study found that organisations could reduce onboarding time to full productivity by 50%, discovery effort by 75%, and employee attrition by up to 20%! With the help of the Viva suite Human Resources (HR), Learning and Development (L&D), Employee Experience (EX), and Information Technology (IT) teams are spending less time on operational tasks like creating, curating and disseminating content or integrating and managing multiple systems, freeing them up to focus on more strategic endeavours.
Here’s six scenarios organisations have started using Viva Learning for already:
Do you have pain points similar to the scenarios we discussed above? At Engage Squared, we’ve helped a range of businesses implement the Viva suite to supercharge their employee experience. If you are considering a capability uplift programme, we’ll show you how to do more with less by using what’s already available to you through your Microsoft license. If you already have an existing learning management system or third-party training content providers, we can help you leverage more from those investments through integration with Viva Learning for a more streamlined employee experience.
But more importantly, we know just ‘turning on the tech’ doesn’t change work culture! It’s clear that, when implemented well, Viva Learning is successfully helping organisations engage their modern learners with a culture of everyday microlearning opportunities that are contextual, convenient, personalised and social.
If you want continuous learning to become a core capability for your people too, we want to help you implement Viva Learning with strategic intent and enterprise-wide adoption in mind. To kick start your journey towards a more modern digital employee experience that facilitates a culture of learning, growing and achievement, get in touch via the button below!Contact us
Parul Sharma is a senior consultant with the Change and Transformation practice at Engage Squared. Parul is passionate about facilitating change in ways that enhance the employee experience and positively influence company culture. If she was to be reincarnated as a Microsoft emoji, it would probably be the earnest heart-eyed one 😍