An organization’s successful cloud transformation solely depends upon the skills and expertise of its teams. There is a continuous requirement for reskilling and upskilling to get ROI way quicker than expected. Following the right path and continuously fostering cloud learning is important.
Continuous learning involves high spirits and constant efforts to gain knowledge every passing day and add something new on board. There are two ways to foster continuous learning for cloud- online learning, also called e-learning, and official certifications and exams by joining an institute.
Here are 6 ways to build a continuous learning culture for the cloud and benefit your organization and yourself:
1. Organizations putting focus on Learning Management Systems (LMS):
If you want to track each employee’s progress separately, having an individual education system for employees and management will help. It is important to track if any employee is left behind in digital transformation. Many companies claim 100% digitally skilled staff; in that case, management needs to ensure constant learning amongst all employees in all technological/digital aspects. Conducting training webinars will also help the employees gain that extra knowledge and go that extra mile. The education plans can also include online communities, presentations, webinars, and industry events. Feedback giving must be a constant part of the education plans.
2. Skills analysis and filling gaps:
The organization must be wary of the industry’s present and future trends. The industry keeps changing, and keeping up with the industry trends will help organizations create innovatively. A gap analysis helps the organization determine where the team stands, where it needs to reach, and what level. The skill-gap analysis can be analyzed on Technical, Interpersonal, and Business skills.
- Technical Skills include automation, cloud networking, databases, application architecture, security, governance, cloud account management, tooling expertise, etc.
- Interpersonal skills include cross-functionality, ability to mentor, communication, and collaboration.
- Business skills include translating business motives into development teams and optimizing the company’s growth.
3. Financing the certifications for employees:
There might be employees who would not originally belong to technical or cloud backgrounds. It is essential to bring them on the same page with company expectations. With certifications, employees can confidently and practically implement their learnings. It benefits the employee as well as the organization too. Reimbursing their certification cost will only motivate the employees to learn more and support your business. Sharing the achievement of one employee will push the other employees and motivate them to foster continuous learning as well.
4. Supporting internal communities:
A resource center can be created where skilled teams can share their best practices, education plans, experiences, and learnings. Many companies create cloud centers of excellence that enhance overall growth. The organization ensures long-term cloud transformation by supporting skilled teams for cloud building. They must focus on understanding the current goals of employees and bring those in alignment with their own goals, resulting in productive cloud learning.
5. Collaborating with the experts:
One can start by bringing education partners and experts on board to push employees on the journey of self-starting. Many e-learning platforms guide the user with expert online teachers. Many prefer learning directly from a human talking than just reading the material from ppts or documents.
Learning works differently for different people. It is indeed of utmost importance that employees in an organization never stop learning. One needs to keep sharing information with fellow employees to make this learning a success instead of a failure. And even if there are failures, one must continuously learn from those and share the failures too. The organization’s sole responsibility is always to keep space for learning, experimentation, and sharing.
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