How to Motivate Employees to Learn?


One of the challenges that I observe at various companies that I consult with is the lack of enthusiasm in learning. This is especially evident in healthcare at higher ranks. For example, in dental field, Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are typically the most accomplished in terms of years of education. Unfortunately, many of them do not pursue further learning past their formal education or beyond what is required by the law and they typically have a “know-it-all” attitude.

I believe it is the responsibility of us as leaders to create an environment of learning and growth for our people. As one said, “You don’t grow a business, you grow the people in the business.” Here are some suggestions that I give my clients:

Make training easily accessible

As the number of course delivery formats have increased over the years, as leaders we must be able to offer flexible training programs to our employees that can easily enroll in and attend at any time. Many online courses, live streaming as well digital format trainings are very popular among employees. Also the HR of each company must create a calendar of courses that an employee can attend in person. Distant courses may offer employees a chance for vacation and family time as well.

Match your team’s talent to a specific training

As leaders, it is our job to know who is on our team and learn about their strength and weaknesses. It is important that we match a specific training to individual strength of people in our team. This will allow a team member to become more excited about the learning opportunity and even become a stronger team member. Just asking a team member to take a general course for training may not suit their individual needs and to many it may seem as a time waster and uninspiring.