Ash has a bone to pick with L&D in this podcast. She thinks it’s time to ditch the infamous phrase “learners”. Because the truth is, we think the word ‘learners’ is a little problematic. Sure, it's a word that everybody seems to understand. But it also implies that people want to, and are already actively learning. And that isn’t our reality.
But the truth is, not everyone wants to be a human sponge. And using the term “learners” makes them seem like they do. If we keep treating employees like robotic learners, we run the risk of dehumanising them. Instead of seeing our target audience as multifaceted humans with their own goals and motivations, we see them as machines who only behave logically and do exactly what we want them to. And although that dystopia may seem idyllic, it couldn’t be further from the truth.
So, if you’re ready to join the ‘human’ revolution, we’re sure you’ll agree it's time to ditch the "learner" label and embrace the whole person. But if you’re still wondering why, grab your headphones and give this pod a listen.