True learning organizations are closely connected to a company’s mission, vision, and core values. While this doesn’t exactly highlight a measurable value, it ensures that learning outcomes are aligned with organizational culture. This means employees know when they are engaging with the curriculum, they are learning the why behind the company’s action and decisions. Learners understand how their individual role fits into the larger picture and the impact they have on organizational success.
Connecting learning to the mission, vision, and values not only teaches employees what to do (the technical aspects), but also how to do it in a way that demonstrates and represents the DNA of the organization.
In this way, learning organizations are an extension of the company culture. If a company’s mission, vision, and values represent the true north that guides all employees toward the same direction then learning and development is the vehicle to get you there.
From new hire orientation to efforts toward continued employee development, learning organizations should always incorporate mission, vision and values into the curriculum. If you are training a new employee on how to service customers then discuss the values at play or the stakes that interaction has on achieving our vision. On courses for new skills or capabilities, explain why this skill is important to the company’s mission.
Aligning learning to mission, vision and values helps the organization by strengthening its culture across all levels. It helps the employee see themselves in the success of the organization. It builds the learning organization up as a trusted advocate for the company.