Monday, 10 December 2018 - About Northwestbusinesstimes | Rss

Eat in or Take out?

Are you creating a menu of training options that suit your workforce?

Last year I enjoyed a wonderful holiday in Tuscany, where I had a great mix of lazing about and taking in the atmosphere, and frenetic sight-seeing trying to cram as much into 1 day as possible. Although we were technically self-catering, no-one really wants to cook on holiday, so meals became a simple in or take out?

During our busy days, we tended to ‘grab and go’, and the panninis and pizzas that we ate sitting on the steps in Piazza della Signoria in Florence, watching the hubbub of people queuing for the Uffizi were perfect in every way. Similarly, on a day exploring the coast, the long leisurely lunch we had in a local restaurant gave us a wonderful opportunity to relax, reflect, soak up the atmosphere and get a taste of the real Italy.

At work, we have a similar choice. You don’t always want to grab and go or eat at your desk, just as you wouldn’t want to eat in fine restaurants every day (even if you are lucky enough to be able to afford it). There is a time and a place for both. This is also true of training. A 2-day course is sometimes the ideal option: It takes you away from your workplace, gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in learning and to reflect. Similarly, a short sharp ‘injection’ of training is sometimes just what is needed to ‘fill a hole’. This may be getting a dose of e-learning, watching a thought proving short film, finding a useful on gem on sites like YouTube, attending a 60 or 90 minute live ‘Power Hour’ training session, or engaging in social learning via sites such as Twitter. Here the specific piece of learning is gained, digested, and used immediately.

We do have a ‘just-in-time’ culture now, and ‘grab and go’ training is often the just what is needed. It gives us just what we need without taking too long out of our busy day. Similarly, there will always be a need for a good restaurant…and longer, more formal training programmes.

Why not create your own menu for developing your people? If grab and go is for you, then Power Hour may be just what you are looking for. If you prefer the full a la carte option, then check out Keystone Development for bespoke training design.


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About Sheridan Webb

Sheridan Webb owns Keystone Development which focusses on designing bespoke, user-friendly HR/Learning and Development programmes, induction training and performance management toolkits.  Unlike most training consultancies, they are happy for their c... read more