The coronavirus outbreak is resulting in an ever-increasing list of companies, conferences and other engagements to turn to remote learning. For some organizations that already leverage remote learning, this may not be a significant change. But for others whose rely on face-to-face collaboration, in-person knowledge sharing, or management by proximity, providing learning opportunities virtually may not come naturally.
Let’s imagine that you’re focusing on your health and fitness and want to incorporate walking into your daily routine. Without setting a goal of how many steps to take every day, you’ll likely not get better at walking more, and without monitoring your progress along the way, you won’t know if you’re achieving your goal. The same is true for performance management—and the stakes are higher, considering that this is an activity that feeds into your career, growth, and compensation. If you aren’t clear on what you’re trying to achieve and aren’t getting regular updates on your progress, it will be difficult for you to be productive—hence the business case for goals.
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Posted by Kathi Enderes on August 6, 2019.
Who hasn’t set a goal to get more fit, learn a new language, or take a dream vacation? We frequently use goals in our personal lives because they help us stay focused on the things we want to achieve. Sometimes we set goals but we aren’t quite ready to achieve them. If you haven’t exercised in a few years, running 10 miles your first time back in sneakers might be overly ambitious. But a 10-mile run could be totally achievable with the right preparation. Just like individuals, organizations use goals to stay focused and achieve success. And just like individuals, organizations sometimes set goals that don’t lead to the outcomes they want or expect. But, the right prep work can get them there.
Organizations are increasingly offering lavish perks to attract and retain talent, and then tracking their success with annual engagement surveys. But what if they’re missing the point?
Despite a laser-like organizational focus on what is traditionally called employee engagement1, most people remain less than satisfied with their jobs2. Deloitte’s 2019 Global Human Capital Trends survey points to what may be really missing. Many workers lack autonomy and access to the tools and information they need; moreover, they aren’t satisfied with the design of their jobs or the day-to-day flow of work.3 In fact, most survey respondents rated their organizations only “somewhat effective” or “not effective” on a number of factors related to experience: positive work environment, meaningful work, growth opportunities, trust in leadership, and supportive management. These aren’t issues that organizations can address with free doggie daycare or on-site CrossFit. Instead, they need to reevaluate the fundamental human needs of their workforce.
A modernized apprenticeship model could be just the learning & development boost your organization needs
Apprenticeships are a rather ancient form of on-the-job training. With roots in the Middle Ages, they served as a way to develop young craftsmen, who provided labor for master craftsmen in exchange for room, board, and training. While some trades still offer apprenticeship programs, and one might argue that today’s internships are similar, an adapted, modernized apprenticeship model could go a long way to addressing the shortages in skilled labor and the need for workers to keep their skills current and relevant as the Future of Work evolves.
As work and workplaces continue to evolve, so do many employees’ expectations about what they want from their jobs. A previous model of lifetime employment with one company and aspirations of “climbing the ladder” has given way to career paths that are more fluid and lattice-like. As part of this transition, formal classroom learning often gives way to experiential, on-the-job (OTJ) learning. OTJ learning can not only be efficient and cost-effective in that it takes advantage of learning moments that arise naturally, but also strategic in that it can promote talent attraction and retention by addressing employee desires to keep developing professionally.