Why Prioritize Continual Learning?

by Ashley Perry

Continual Learning- not just for nonprofits

When organizations do not support continual employee training; innovation does not happen, functions remain unchanged, and nothing new is ever accomplished. Staying competitive in today’s marketplace means that organizations must be innovative, adaptive, and ever-changing.

Employees should be challenged in order to obtain new knowledge, ideas, and skills.

To create a culture of learning, knowledge needs to be on a flexible, on-demand and continual basis. This culture becomes massively valuable to the organization for so many reasons: 

  • Training existing staff has been proven to be way more cost-effective than replacing and retraining new employees. The Society for Human Resource Management reported that on average, it costs a company 6-9 months of an employee’s salary to recruit and train a replacement. For an employee making $60,000 per year, that comes out to $30,000-45,000 in costs. 
  • It proves to your staff they are valued and their professional development is worth the investment. 
  • It allows those who may be uncomfortable asking for help to provide a resource allowing them to get the help they need.

Providing easy access to training is one of the best gifts you can give yourself or your employees, coworkers, etc. to succeed.

That’s why we gave ourselves the gift of Tech Impact’s All Access Pass. If you are familiar with Tech Impact, you can skip the next paragraph, as this is straight off their website- otherwise, keep reading.

Tech Impact is a nonprofit itself- its mission?
Leveraging technology to advance social impact.

“We are the place nonprofits can call to make sense of anything from large-scale technology projects, to technology maintenance and support. We have partnered with hundreds of nonprofit organizations around the world since 2003, to help each one realize the potential of technology to achieve their mission and improve outcomes.”

Ok, come back now.

They take their mission seriously. They offer a ton of discounted products and services, but it’s their library of online classes that makes us super happy. It is chock full of seriously useful and relevant webinars. Browsing through twelve pages of classes in their learning center, we found the All Access Pass which led to a page headlined “There Is No Limit To Your Technology Learning”. Swear, it was like a choir of angels singing hallelujah (Sister Act style) and tingles ran up and down our spines.

 “Gain access to a year of unlimited live webinars, in-depth live courses, and our library of on-demand education on a variety of technology topics, for only $249 [per person] per year. Our topics include cloud infrastructure, security, data management, digital marketing, digital fundraising, program and service delivery, technology strategy and governance. They are created specifically for nonprofit professionals."

Sign us up!

An entire YEAR of learning for $249? YES, please. That’s a ridiculously reasonable price to invest in your professional development. They also offer group learning rates for your organization to purchase in bulk bundles or as an annual membership with unlimited passes.

This is one amazing way you can create a culture of learning within your organization. Your entire team can build on their individual skills and strengthen areas of weakness. Everyone is learning and growing, building confidence and resilience.

That’s the energy of a thriving organization.

Who doesn’t loves a bonus surprise? Right now if you sign up, the pass is discounted at checkout to $199!! That’s less than $17/month for unlimited classes! 

We checked with a friend at Tech Impact, and that discount is valid through December 31st, 2022.  You still have time to get everyone on board and commit to creating a culture of learning and innovation. Check out the classes for yourselves. 

All said and done, the most important thing is to commit to creating that culture, however you do it. Make the commitment to learn and explore new ideas. Technology is a tool, how you use it is determined by your digital maturity. 

Continual learning - make it a priority within your organization today. 

If you have any questions, as always, please don’t hesitate to reach out.