Are you spending 20% of your working week learning?

 Simon Levy
Chief Executive Officer, Risk Management Institute Australasia (RMIA)


Are you spending 20% of your working week learning?

Did you know that Google allows their staff to utilise 20% of their working week on learning; most experts say that 6 hours per week is adequate.

Learning new skills is essential to stay ahead of the curve and competitive in today's workplace.

Lifelong learning can make all the difference in the modern workplace. Staying up to date on industry trends and best practices helps create a competitive advantage and drives innovation. Learning new things also boosts individual performance and team morale. Additionally, when employees have access to training resources or educational opportunities, they are more motivated to stay with an organisation for longer. Furthermore, gaining new knowledge gives employees the confidence to take on challenges, solve complex problems and build valuable relationships with their peers. Therefore, learning new skills is essential for businesses to remain productive and successful in today's fast-paced world.

A recent CEO (Chief Executive Officer) sentiment survey stated that the tightening labour market had sharpened the focus on investment budgets. The majority of businesses surveyed ranked staff training and development as either first or second on their investment priorities for 2023. That places learning ahead of ICT, equipment and research and development in 2023.

I can hear you now; managing a full-time job while finding time to learn can seem impossible. However, several strategies can help make it feasible. First, scheduling is key, and by blocking off periods in a day to focus on learning, you will be able to stay on track and reach your goals. Additionally, taking small steps each day rather than waiting for an extended period of study or practice can prevent things from becoming overwhelming or overly complex. Finally, considering online (or in-person) courses that work around busy schedules and offer more support, such as pre-recorded videos and blog posts, can provide flexibility for any working professional's lifestyle. With these considerations, anyone can successfully find time to learn while working full-time.

It is no secret that the current job market is highly competitive. Learning can be a precious tool for those seeking a successful career path. By investing in personal development, whether it be through formal training or self-help books, individuals can gain new skills that strengthen their resumes and give them an edge in achieving their goals. Learning also assists in staying up to date with changes in the industry, ensuring you remain competitive while continuing to enjoy professional growth opportunities. Finally, learning unlocks the potential for tremendous success within everyone's chosen field – something we all strive for. Making the most of your learning time starts with efficient study habits. Set a flexible yet achievable schedule and commit to it. Use efficient and manageable chunks when studying, taking plenty of breaks to refresh before continuing. Focus on what matters and aim for quality, not quantity. Whenever possible, use digital tools that can help save you time. Most importantly, find the best way to absorb information and learn the material. Incorporating these tips into your daily routine will help ensure efficient and productive learning sessions. 2

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RMIA (Risk Management Institute of Australasia) understands that knowledge is one of the most effective personal and professional growth tools. As such, RMIA stays adaptive in our approach to supporting our members by supplying resources to help them find new things to learn this year. From informative webinars and podcasts to professional development courses and industry-leading conferences – RMIA has the latest information and resources.

Learning new things keeps you sharp, helps you become more well-rounded, and gives you something interesting to talk about with your colleagues, leadership teams, clients and stakeholders. If you are not being available for learning in your busy schedule, start by setting aside just 30 minutes a day to explore a new topic. With a little effort, you can easily make learning part of your daily routine and enjoy its benefits.