Since HR is already plugged into daily operations, you’re in the best position to take the lead on creating and driving a learning culture. Check out these five ways HR supports employee development.
Create Learning and Development Plan Templates
L&D plan templates provide a framework for employees to understand their development plan, the learning activities involved, and the expected outcomes. They give managers talking points to navigate exploratory conversations with their reports.
With templates, HR can ensure accountability by making sure employees and managers participate, follow best practices, and track progress through regular check-ins between managers and employees.
Deliver Learning Content in the Flow of Work
HR departments can take advantage of HR workflow software to create automated processes that allow employees to access learning content in the flow of their work.
For example, HR departments can use workflow management software (like Enboarder®!) to trigger specific learning content whenever an employee completes a task. This allows employees to access material as needed without having to search for it.
Provide a Variety of Learning Experiences
The more learning experiences you can provide, the better. No one learns the same way, so giving employees options helps them find the learning experiences that have the greatest impact.
Learning experiences can range widely in format. HR can facilitate classroom-based learning, seminars, job shadowing, individual coaching, and other in-person formats. Additionally, HR can provide access to online learning platforms that allow workers to learn on their own time and across devices.
HR can also use outside resources to provide employees with a variety of learning experiences. This can include partnering with external vendors to provide employees with access to specialized training courses or working with local professionals to create networking events.
If you have the need and the budget, you can use virtual reality, augmented reality, and other emerging technologies to create immersive learning experiences, too.
Align L&D With Career Tracks
Ensure there are clear pathways for employees to grow within your organization, whether that’s up the ladder or laterally. Providing career tracks requires HR to have an in-depth understanding of the skills required for each role.
Work with managers to identify (or refresh) the skills and competencies needed for employees to progress in various career tracks. Make sure employees know how to explore these options and contrast their current skill set against the requirements of their desired role or career path. Finally, make sure employees know how they can fill the gaps through L&D offerings — and how they’ll be supported by their manager and HR.
Invest in a Learning Platform
Investing in a learning platform is one of the best investments an HR team can make. A learning platform gives employees access to educational resources, such as online courses, webinars, and tutorials, which can help them develop their skills and knowledge. These platforms also make it easy for HR professionals to give feedback and track employee progress.