Learning at Work
We recently ran a poll to find out how people learn at work. We were amazed to find out that 90% of people learn through work experiences! Usually learning skills through formal education and certification classes is the go-to way for many. But you can learn quite a few skills on the job. By developing skills at work you have a higher chance of implementing your new skills, making your work more productive, and can help you advance in your career.
Considering this overwhelming response, we were curious about what industry experts thought about on the job learning. We thought, why not find some of the best managers and leaders and ask them how they learned what they know and what they think is the best way to learn at work?
Many recommend that the most effective way of learning is by “learning in the flow of work.” A concept coined by Josh Bersin, learning in the flow of work maintains that successful learning can only happen if it fits around and orients itself to your work processes, time, and schedule.
So how can you align your learning to your work? Here are a few steps you can take:
- Create a learning list: Jot down all concepts, ideas, thoughts, practices, skills that you want to master and add them to your list.
- Pick topics that suit your work: You’ll be more motivated in your learning when you choose concepts that you are interested in and align with the tasks you do.
- Calendarize your learning in your work schedule: Decide on a dedicated time from your work, every day that you can devote to your learning. Then set a fixed spot on your calendar.
- Subscribe to short learning materials: Subscribe to high-quality newsletters, podcasts, youtube channels, and articles that are relevant to your role, work, and industry. The key is that they are short reads or quick views. Don’t pick more than 5 and unsubscribe from the rest.
- Set goals for your learning: Make yourself accountable by setting up small, time-bound, and achievable benchmarks. This will not only help you keep track of your learning but also will help you feel satisfied with your progress.
In a world that is always changing, ongoing learning is no longer an option – it’s a necessity.
You can learn what the experts say on our podcast.