The solution for happier, more loyal employees? Self-directed learning

These days, self-directed learning (SDL) is a must in the workplace. With millennials making up most of the workforce, controlling each and every person’s learning and development plan is quite a challenge, if not downright impossible. The modern employee grew up with constant and unrestricted access to information and this gradually lead to the creation of a culture of self-directed learning through content such as forum posts, specialized Facebook groups and YouTube how-to videos.

Employees tend to perform better when they feel empowered, have a say in their work and understand the added value of the tasks they are asked to perform. Still many companies aren’t really at ease with this approach to learning as they feel it might not be the shortest path to achieving business goals. They couldn’t be more wrong.

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