Organizational culture does not support learning and development

Culture and learning must be aligned, as must learning technologies. — Debbie McGrath, Chief Instigator and CEO of

The recent study, “How Employees Learn in the Workplace,” found that only 20% of HR professionals strongly agree that their organization has a successful learning culture, and only 37 % say their culture definitely supports their organization’s learning strategy. These findings help explain why learning and development (L&D) often fails to achieve its goals.

The free research report, How Employees Learn 2021, is now available for download.’s HR Research Institute conducted a study of 328 HR professionals to examine how organizational learning and culture initiatives support each other in helping learning teams succeed.

Most respondents (78%) say their organizations use some form of learning technology. However, further investigation reveals that one of the main weaknesses is that most learning management systems do not facilitate the sharing of learning between employees. This despite the fact that two-thirds believe that the ability to interact with other skilled employees can help employees succeed at work (67%).

Compared to organizations with a weak learning culture, those with a strong learning culture are:

  • Over 5 times more likely to say they definitely have a learning strategy
  • About 5 times more likely to make learning engaging and effective
  • More than 4 times more likely to say that information flows freely in their organization
  • 2x more likely to say their systems make it easier for employees to share learning
  • Almost 2 times more likely to say they have a collaborative approach to learning

“It’s crazy that culture and learning are so often at odds in organizations today,” said Debbie McGrath, chief instigator and CEO of “Culture and learning must be aligned, and so must learning technologies. If information sharing is part of the culture, learning technologies must facilitate sharing between employees.”

Steve Dineen, Founder and President of knowledge and learning platform, Fuse, added: “This research underscores that learning success requires a complementary blend of culture and modern technology that supports the The key to this is enabling employees to access learning in the workflow while reintroducing the humanization of learning in a digital context.”

Download the full report which includes details on six key points to help HR departments better understand how to put their learning and development program on the right path to success.


About the fuse

Fuse is the learning and knowledge platform that drives active engagement and drives people’s performance. It’s used by more than 120 companies around the world – including Vodafone, Panasonic, Scandic, Avon, Mazda and BAe – and connects people with the knowledge and expertise they need to learn new skills and achieve performance. brought up at work.

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