Learning at All Ages
Fostering learning and development is a critical component for retaining employees. Though expressed more vocally by younger generations, people of all ages want to continue to be engaged and challenged by their work.
Specific training—classroom or online, mentoring or professional development opportunities can support this environment of learning; it will be enhanced with a greater shift in organizational culture.
People often learn best and want to learn through doing. In other words, they learn best when they have the opportunity take on responsibilities and tasks they haven’t tried before in an environment of support and encouragement. Successful organizations promote learning and development by giving regular feedback,
delegating new responsibilities to those who have demonstrated potential and allowing people the freedom to make mistakes as they take on stretch assignments. Transparency and communication of larger organizational challenges
and objectives can also be an invitation into learning and greater responsibility.
Developing an organization that values learning is an enormous opportunity. It helps retain skilled and talented employees and, by building people’s capacity, the organization’s performance can be enhanced.
Please click on the articles below to learn more about Praxis' research
on intergenerational and emerging leadership in the nonprofit sector: