Some things we do for money and some for love. it’s the same with learning: some things we learn because we have to, whilst others we learn for the love of learning.
Organisations often focus on making people learn the things they have to, whilst taking no account of the things that they love to learn. There is a sense that learning has to be task or role specific, that there is no benefit to learning in itself, as an activity.
But this may be wrong. Look at how so many people bring inspiration and energy from their activities outside of work. The experiences they build from learning a whole range of abstract or obtuse activities can indirectly help them to be better at learning applied and role specific ones.
We should consider including more opportunities for individual learning within an organisations learning culture, valuing the chance for someone to dedicate time to something that inspires them as well as things they have to do for compliance of regulatory reasons.
People feel more valued if trusted more, and allowing time for self study of self directed learning, alongside directed learning, indicates a more mature and innovative learning culture.
We all have something to learn, the challenge is usually finding the time to do it.