Learning + Performance were never meant to be separated

Learning + Performance: Two Sides of the Same Coin

By Bridge

We’re on a mission to end silos of learning and performance

A quick web search will reveal that learning and performance platforms, as an intertwined combination, are extremely unusual. It’ll also reveal that those that exist still separate out learning and performance as if they are somehow two completely unrelated things. And therein lies a problem: learning and performance cannot and should not be separated.

Silos of learning and performance

A recent survey by the Human Capital Institute revealed that 75% of leaders say that in their organisation, learning and performance are treated as two separate functions. That means that a majority of organisations are missing the enormous benefits of bringing these two functions together to not only be best buddies, but be so integral to every aspect of organisational day-to-day life that the word ‘seamless’ is actually applicable. 

Given that this approach is cutting edge, you need convincing about why learning and performance should, most definitely, be two sides of the same coin.

Why are learning and performance separate entities?

Learning has gained a reputation as being a necessary evil. It started off life with good intentions and then went meandering down a path of tick boxes, compliance frameworks and being organised by people who thought they knew what was needed, because the people in charge of performance were, frankly, too busy with the real act of business. 

In practice, this approach results in disengaged and dissatisfied employees. And disengagement leads to employees that take their skills and leave, and that’s before even realising that engaged employees boost profits by a notable 21%

This route of separated learning leads to the individual whose manager doesn’t even know their career aspirations or that their goals once aligned with the business’s but have now veered off course. It leads to the individual who is being under-utilised, who looks elsewhere for their next step. It leads to performance issues because someone isn’t up to scratch, but no one saw it coming. Training becomes the joke by the coffee machine; the chance for downtime, not excitement and progress.

Yet training programmes keep being rolled out. Attendance is measured as if it reflects success. But fundamentally, nothing changes when it comes to performance.

Motivation to perform

Imagine a different scenario. This time, learning springs from the understanding of performance. Instead of silos, the entire organisation is working together towards the goal of improved performance through the tool of learning. 

Here, performance management is an integral part of everyday business life. With ease, managers know their team’s aspirations, strengths, goals, weaknesses, hurdles and more. They quickly identify how learning can plug the gaps in knowledge, skill and engagement. And they can get that learning into the hands of the individual in an easy, measurable and applicable way.

Now those individuals are engaged. They see that they are valued and that their personal goals and challenges are heard and understood. They really, really perform. They have the motivation to perform and that ends in results. 

Learning and performance aren’t rocket science

Honestly, it’s not complicated, with a bit of technological innovation and some fabulous analytics doing the hard work for you. But organisations do need the tool to actually make the connectivity of learning and performance a seamless affair.

That’s why it’s essential to consider learning and performance as flip sides of one coin when it comes to choosing a relevant and strategic platform; a platform that will actually make a manager’s life easier, and an employee’s engagement simply something they do. Learning and performance should be together, and there’s no conceivable reason why they shouldn’t be.

Learning and performance really are Better Together.

It’s why we’ve created Bridge

This concept – of marrying learning and performance as the delightfully co-dependent pair that they are – sits behind Bridge. Find out more about why learning and performance are two sides of the same coin and how we put that into action.

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