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  • Sahil Shaikh

Factors that work against Learning and Development

‍If you’re working in a corporate environment, chances are your day-to-day activities are not always as fun as they seem. Your job might feel mundane and routine most of the time which makes it hard for you to stay enthusiastic about your work.


On top of that, your workplace might have some other factors that are making it difficult for you to foster an environment where new ideas can be easily explored and adopted, ex: Lack of support from management – You see, it’s not easy being a manager these days. With technological advancements playing such a big role in how organizations function in the present day, many managers find themselves struggling to keep up with all things technology so they can also remain relevant at the same time.


In order to do that, they need to create structures within their departments that will help facilitate the flow of ideas between different members of the team and keep them motivated at the same time. As a result, managers tend to shy away from creating learning or development programs because they don’t want their employees spending time away from their desks (which could lead to an employee becoming complacent again), and they also don’t want their employees spending time on things that aren’t helping them advance professionally (i.e., side projects).

In this article we will explore some of these factors.


Lack of Clear Objectives and Strategies

Even though you’ve been at your job for a few years now and you feel like a seasoned professional, that doesn’t mean that management has taken notice of your skills or is interested in getting you to grow as a person. In fact, they’re more likely to see you as a commodity and are not interested in investing time and energy into making you part of the organization’s future. So how do you approach these kinds of situations? The first thing you need to do is identify if your goals at work are aligned with the organization’s goals. If they are not, then you’ll need to figure out what you really want and then see if your employer can support you in achieving it.


Inadequate Recruitment and Onboarding Processes

Have you been offered a new role at your company? If yes, great. We’re sure you’re excited about it. But have you noticed that, after you’ve started working in the new role, there have been a lot of things that feel similar to what you were doing before? The same status meetings, the same daily tasks, and most importantly, the same people? Now, don’t get me wrong, as humans we like familiarity and we also like predictability. What we don’t want to see, however, is the same lack of learning and development happening in the new role that was offered to you. In order to avoid falling into such cycles, make sure that you’re aware of the onboarding processes at your company so you can make sure they are as effective as possible. If they’re not, make sure to bring it to the attention of your manager so they can make sure the issue gets fixed.


Too much structure and process in the workplace

Another thing that might be hindering your learning and development is the way work is structured and structured in a particular workplace. For example, there might be too many meetings, too many documents that need signing, too many policies that need to be followed, and so on. Whenever we have too much structure in our lives we tend to become less spontaneous and open to new ideas because we feel like we’ve already planned out everything that needs to happen. So, in order to avoid falling into this trap, make sure to take your learning outside of the offices as much as possible. Find ways to learn while on vacation, find ways to learn while you’re on your lunch break, find ways to learn while you’re on a walk to your desk.



Poor communication between team members

Another reason why learning and development might be difficult at work is because of communication issues between team members. What do i mean by this? There might be a certain team member who is great at planning, another team member who’s great at executing, and yet another team member who’s great at analyzing. The problem is that they don’t know how to speak to each other and they’re not aware that they have the power to make their work environment more effective. This has two main implications: one, it could mean that their ideas might be getting overlooked because they don’t know how to bring them up to management, and two, it could also mean that every team member isn’t getting the support they need to be as successful as they could be because they’re unaware of the fact that they need help. If you notice that this is the case in your workplace, you can try to approach your team leaders and see if you can learn how to communicate more effectively with them. You can also try to find people on your team who seem to be struggling with this issue and talk to them about why they think it’s happening the way it is.


The Importance of a Learning and Development Culture

Finally, all of the factors listed above might be making it hard for you to be open to new ideas, but all of that would change if your workplace had a culture of learning and development. What does that mean exactly? Basically, a culture of learning and development means that employees are allowed to spend their time on things that make them more productive, and they’re also supported in doing so by their managers and colleagues. If your company doesn’t have a culture of learning, then you’ll need to create one yourself. This might seem like a daunting task, but there are some easy ways you can do it. One of them is to hold mini-workshops that focus on a specific topic so that your team members can connect with experts and learn new things from them.


Conclusion

Learning and development is crucial for employees to stay competitive in the workplace. But, what often gets in the way is a lack of support from management and a lack of clarity in objectives and strategies. These are just a few factors that are making it difficult for you to foster an environment where new ideas can be easily explored and adopted. Now is the time to take action and foster a culture of learning and development in your workplace.

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