To measure a workforce’s agility, L&D professionals need to think beyond just ‘training’ and deploying learning and development programs that set a culture of lifelong learning among the employees. Modern L&D programs are supposed to work as a development platform that bundles learning with work to develop agility among learners. Assessing cognitive abilities help L&D professionals identify agile individuals who show willingness and ability to learn throughout their careers, if not lifelong learning.
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In the context of learning, adapting to evolving business strategies, working with a multicultural workforce, and taking on dynamic assignments, all demand individuals to be flexible and agile.
Who is agile?
- Constantly looking out for new experiences
- Thriving on complex problems and challenges
- Delivering better performance with new skills ingrained
It is imperative that one understands the difference between flexibility and adaptability in the context of learning agility.
- FLEXIBILITY: Ability to change frameworks as deemed necessary
- ADAPTABILITY: Ability to quickly adjust to an alien situation
The idea is to be people-driven and not process-driven. It requires an approach of continuous learning, ideally on a daily basis.
Components of Learning Agility
- Potential to Learn: An employee with open and receptive mind-sets will be able to constantly experience new things.
- Motivation to Learn: Enterprises need to ensure that their learners are engaged and inspired by the learning process.
- Adaptability to Learn: Consistently working on improving their skills is an important asset to have among employees.
Rapidly Adapt, Adopt and Innovate
Successful companies are the ones that are tapping ‘Learning Agility’ to rapidly adapt, adopt and innovate.
- Learners who can learn while they work, work while they learn can be considered as the most valuable resource in a team.
Employees having high levels of learning agility show 5X HIGHER ENGAGEMENT RATES compared to an average employee.
Having an agile workforce has helped enterprises post 25% HIGHER PROFIT MARGINS compared to their nearest competitors.
The Need of the Hour: A continuous professional development platform to harness learning agility.
L&D professionals need to think beyond just ‘training’ and deploy learning & development programs that set a culture of lifelong learning among the employees. A CONTEXTUAL INTENT-BASED FRAMEWORK that embraces situational awareness while learning.