Wellbeing at Work: Taking care of personal development


Posted on: May 17, 2018 by Paul Bagley

The digital age is well and truly upon us! And how prepared are we? In today’s business world where cultural changes are competing with the stark reality of technological progress for our attention, we try to do more and more with our time - to cram so much into the working day that the boundaries of work and home life become blurred.  Social media has been blamed for some of this ‘distortion’ and even a productivity gap in the millennial generation, but this narrow view ignores the huge benefits of the ‘connected world’ to individual and organizational knowledge.

Learning has never been easier or more accessible.

Those organisations that enable their staff to learn and to access training when needed are the ones that are more likely to succeed.

We have invested heavily in free-to-use e-learning from major global suppliers, and have recently replaced the learning platform with the latest integrated success factors platform from SAP. We are increasing our range of offerings in the Adaptive Learning format which provides an individualized learning pathway and increased efficiency and knowledge retention for learners.

The outcome has been a dramatic increase in the take-up of web-based training and a fall in the classroom based sessions.  For a global organization like ours, this means that we can train more people than ever before.  And so we have!  32,500 people (11% more) learned something new in Q1 2018 compared with the same period in 2017.

However, not everyone is making the most of these opportunities and some employees are unaware of what is available.  Some do not yet consider web-based training as ‘real learning’ and count only face to face classroom sessions as being of value.  In practice, around 70% of all learning happens informally – including ‘on the job’, across all industries.

Many companies strive to be seen as a ‘learning organization’ and senior managers have a huge role to play in achieving this ambition by leading by example. But seniority does not remove the need to learn! - as John Wooden, American basketball player and coach, 1910-2010 said: “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts”.

Our mission is to enable individuals to grow and excel by taking advantage of our available offerings.   To make this happen, managers should ensure that time for learning is included in scheduled working hours where possible.  There is a much greater choice of content available, from short videos to more complex modules and shortly, more variety in delivery.  We are diligently exploring mobile learning, gamification and virtual reality formats right now.

However, in the world of work, we are all responsible for our own development and maintaining our own employability. Our ambition is that everyone learns something new every day and it can be done in as little as 10 minutes each day.

Our certifications, reskilling and ‘internal first’ programs are designed to help our employees to reach their full potential and embrace the digital disruption and change that’s happening.

Together we are ready for any challenge ahead.

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About Paul Bagley

Global Head of Learning and Development Operations, Chief Learning Officer Unify
Paul heads up global operations in Atos Learning and Development and is also head of learning for Unify. He joined Atos in 2007 after a varied career in sales, learning and development and contracting. He has lived and worked in several countries including Switzerland, France and Saudi Arabia, in healthcare and industrial sectors. Paul has an MBA and an MSc from Aston University and is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD. He is a member of the British Psychological society with a keen interest in behavioural psychology.