Competitive corporate learning strategies in SharePoint

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Competitive corporate learning strategies in SharePoint

Providing quality training for your employees is of the utmost importance but research by Deloitte shows that to really gain a competitive advantage in business you must look at the entire corporate learning strategy.

What exactly does this mean? In addition to basic corporate learning, a business must look at the big picture and add talent practices and a ‘culture of learning’ into the mix. Learning culture is probably the most important asset a company can build.

Employees that invent and innovate must not only be very capable technically, but they need to have the freedom to learn and share what they’ve learned in an open environment. This is the level of corporate learning that companies should strive for.

Let’s take a look at the four stages of corporate learning:

  • Stage 1 – Generally, there is no formal training but rather managers teach employees as needed.
  • Stage 2 - Training managers conduct a needs assessment and come up with training, development, job aids and support for their employees to do their jobs.
  • Stage 3 – Companies realize that ‘learning’ is more complex than training. They bring together all their various learning programs and apply it against their talent strategy. At this stage, they are building long term career paths and continuous learning programs.
  • Stage 4 – Not many companies reach this level but it should be the goal for ultimate competitiveness. At this point, companies should be asking questions like ‘what does it take to develop a good engineer into a great engineer’ or ‘what does it take to turn a good sales person into a leading sales person?’ The answer isn’t in some form of training but rather a combination of training, coaching, performance support and employee assessment.

One of the most important tools for level four organizations is knowledge sharing and building a culture of learning.

Knowledge sharing and culture go hand-in-hand. We know that conveying culture involves displaying our work, our ideas and opinions as well as giving and receiving feedback.

So, how can a business improve their corporate learning strategy through culture in SharePoint? While SharePoint won’t create a culture of collaboration per se, it will be a great platform from which participation can become a vehicle for collaboration.

If we learn culture best through participation, opportunities for participation need to be offered. SharePoint has a number of “out-of-the-box” applications and features that can be used to offer opportunities to participate.

  • Employees can share thoughts, opinions and give feedback through discussion boards.
  • Employees can upload documents and receive feedback by using the tags and notes feature
  • Employees can take advantage of the rating feature for documents to draw attention to content that they think others would find useful.
  • Employees can make announcements and display summaries of their business data in one place to keep colleagues informed.
  • Employees can use lists that display new documents and items – making them more visible for feedback.

SharePoint is known for its supreme content management capabilities but it’s also the perfect vessel to utilize for knowledge sharing within an organization. Key features in SharePoint include Mysites, team and community sites, social tagging, blogging, discussion boards, newsfeeds and the list goes on. For corporate learning that is one step ahead of the training game, consider amping up your usage of SharePoint and utilize a broad scope of tools that will improve your employee engagement outcomes.

Who wants to be at stage one or two on the corporate learning ladder? What if we told you that you can be one of the few companies to get to stage four and stay there? The secret is in a training hybrid of SharePoint and an LMS.

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