Nowadays, an innovative team is a productive team. Organizations are continually looking for new and even better ways of making their team as innovative as possible. It is little wonder why. According to the 2019 L&D Report compiled by findcourses.com, companies that offer classroom-based training are 94% more likely to have highly satisfied employees. With this in mind, here are three tips on how you can foster innovation through L&D.
Make L&D an Event
In 2018, Starbucks closed thousands of their stores for a day whilst they delivered diversity training. The move followed a series of very public blunders for the coffee giant. Doing this not only gave tens of thousands of Starbucks’ employees the chance to train and learn together, but it also allowed the company to successfully repair its public image.
A lot can be gleaned from the actions of Starbucks. By making L&D an event in itself, you make it clear to your employees that L&D matters – and that it is a rare opportunity for them to get to know each other a little better outside of a formal setting.
By working together, your team can bounce ideas off one another, leading to innovative new ideas and directions which otherwise might never have been concocted.
Put Diversity at the Heart of Your L&D Policy
When it comes to putting strong diversity training together, the numbers speak for themselves. Organizations that saw high growth in the year leading up to the compilation of the report were 72% more likely to have high diversity amongst their employees.
People from minority backgrounds and communities have life experiences and viewpoints that can be used to strengthen your market position and appeal to new consumers. Diversity can also aid your L&D policy. You could approach a member of your team and ask them to deliver diversity training. On a more casual level, you could ask an employee who has an additional language to deliver a 101 course in that language. This is an innovative use of an employees’ skill set.
Emphasize Leadership Training
57% of companies rated leadership skills development as their top training priority. On this occasion, why not follow the leader?
Companies that emphasize leadership training are far more likely to have satisfied employees and a better staff retention rate. This is an ideal combination for any organization. By emphasizing leadership training, you are showing that you and your organization are serious about professional development – and that this is not simply tokenistic.
Emphasizing leadership training is not just about developing soft skills, it is also about nurturing your organization’s talent and moulding your employees to suit your organizational needs further down the line.
By making L&D an event and putting diversity at the heart of it, you are certain to convey to your employees just how important innovation is. L&D is the cornerstone of an innovative organization. Additionally, so is good leadership training. This allows members of your team to not only innovate, but to be shaped and moulded into the employees your organization will need tomorrow.
Luke Sandford is a writer and content producer at Educations Media Group. Currently based in Lund, he is originally from the UK and graduated from Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2018 with a BA in Education. He has since written for several outlets and has worked as an English teacher, both at home and abroad. Luke’s passion for traveling and experiencing new cultures directly impacts his work as he seeks to create engaging, informative, and useful content for a wide audience.