Collective learning can be very useful. Training in a small group not only teaches team members new skills, but offers real-time support in the form of feedback, question and answer sessions, and group discussions.
Many forward-thinking organisations that want to cultivate a culture of professional development have what’s called ‘Learning Hours’, or ‘Learning Fridays’.
For example, late Friday afternoon, managers and employees are encouraged to stop reading email, divert their phone to voicemail and then invest one hour in reading a business book, listening to a learning podcast, watch a training webinar, or practice a new skill.
Do you have regular lunch and learn sessions where each department or team get together for 20–30 minutes to learn something new, or to discuss how to do their work better?