Creating a Culture of Learning for Martina
Imagine Martina from Unit 3 again. She is working 40 hours a week and on top of that, needs to learn about managing and leading a team in an online training class.
So now Martina is trying to integrate her learning and training into her work. However, she feels uncomfortable reading a text or watching a video as part of her online training in front of her team at work. In the end, she decides to learn at home in her free time, making her more stressed than before.
Help Martina create a learning culture in her team or office!
For example: She could create a corner in the office with a flag on it, when it is learning time, every Friday afternoon for 2 hours. She could block her calendar, creating deadlines for herself to finish the tasks, have open conversations with her staff members about her learning experiences etc.
How can you support her?
There are quite a few ideas you can develop after having read all the implications that a corporate digital strategy involves in the main and the additional material.
Do you need more inspiration for the task? Then have a look at the following links and articles:
Put yourself in the shoes of the learner: This nicely written article in the Washington Post illustrates the power of spending two days as a learner and experiencing their everyday lives.
How much time do you spend on learning a week? This short article by Jane Hart includes a poll about how many hours people spend on learning. She also wrote about 5 steps towards Modern Workplace Learning. It is important is to see the change, be the change and support the change.
Or maybe you get some inspiration by a rather controversial article and push for employees to learn in their free time? Quentin Hardy wrote in the NY Times about how AT&T "Tells Its Workers: Adapt, or Else".
Find some images that visualize how you can help Martina and how Martina can create a culture of learning. Upload these images as part of your journal entry and your ideas so that we can collect them at the end and create a collage.
Taking the most out of the time
Martina needs both a good place and a good time to learn about managing and leading a team. Doing so during work time or in the office is uncomfortable and sometimes impossible.
In this type of cases, companies should evaluate the use of mobile learning tools. Mobile sollutions offer the possibility to use "empty" time (for instance, transportation times) instead of people´s free time and also extend the number of opportunities people have to watch videos, listen to podcasts or even to read small articles.
A learning culture in the office demands flexibility to allow employees to use their time for improving their skills. A learning culture could be built upon the idea of flexibility, encouraging each employee to put in place routines or traditions to spend time in training, for example, beginning a work day with a podcast or "breathing some air" by watching a video before beginning a new activity.