What is Learnability?

Learnability is: “the desire and ability to quickly grow and adapt one's skill set to remain employable throughout their working life.”

As technological innovation accelerates the pace of change, there is growing awareness that individuals who seek learning opportunities will be better positioned for career growth. Today, professional success is determined both by an individual's ability to adapt to change and their willingness to own the progression of their career.

“It's time to take a fresh look at how we motivate, develop and retain employees. In this environment, learnability is the hot ticket to success for employers and individuals alike.” - Mara Swan, Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Talent, ManpowerGroup

The Learnability Quotient™ represents a new way for users to assess their learning styles and receive recommendations for how to develop and engage, while providing validated, data driven insights to our clients.

Why Learnability is Important

In a dynamic market environment, it's important for individuals to seek out continuous skills development in order to remain attractive to employers, and for companies to enable their workforce to learn new skills and to adapt to new processes and technologies. As curiosity has been shown to be a predictor of an individual's employability, learnability can be an indicator of career mobility (as it indicates how agile an individual is). As organizations seek to invest and develop their employees, having insight into these metrics will provide guidance on how to best enable performance and make better decisions on how to motivate their workforce.

“Employers need to recognize and reward learnability. They need to nurture it to avoid losing out or lacking critical skills on their workforce.” Millennial Careers: 2020 Vision, ManpowerGroup 2016

In partnership with Hogan Assessments, ManpowerGroup has developed a web-based visual assessment to identify each individual's LQ (Learnability Quotient) - providing insight into their motivation and style of learning.

Benefits to the Individual:

  • Enables you to understand your Learnability profile
  • Provides resources to help you improve your learnability

Benefits to the Organization:

  • Enables decision making around development
  • Indicates employee agility/mobility
  • Gauges motivation for self-development

With results expressed via three dimensions (Adventurous :: The intrinsic desire to explore; Intellectual :: Motivated to learn; and, Unconventional :: Questions the status quo), the Learnability Assessment empowers organizations and individuals to succeed.

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