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Continuous collaborative learning strengthens employee development by giving people the skills and knowledge they need to excel in their current roles as well as helping them grow into and prepare for future roles and responsibilities. This, in turn, strengthens employee engagement and overall commitment. Employers talk all the time about employees being their “greatest asset.” By actively supporting continuous collaborative learning, employers actually “walk the talk.” It’s an unmistakable, open demonstration of their commitment to and regard for employees.
Collaborative learning is also an exceptional way to learn, and one of the best ways to adopt new skills while adapting them to everyday work, especially for those who learn best from peers, those who are comfortable learning online and through social channels, and those who prefer to learn from a wide variety of sources both inside and outside of the company. Collaborative learning leverages all of these educational
It’s self-paced. Allowing employees to learn at their own pace has been shown to actually enhance learning speed and eﬀectiveness. Often, it also enables employees to apply their own learning styles and preferences, which further enhances eﬀectiveness. It can incorporate scenario-based tests. This is one of the best ways to enable employees to apply what they’ve learned in real-time and in reality based situations, all of which reinforces what they’ve learned.
It often utilizes immediate feedback loops.These feedback loops can take the form of online quizzes that help to measure the “stickiness” of what’s been learned, as well as ongoing testing, reﬂection and guidance from peers, co-workers and supervisors. Again, the advantage here is the “instantaneous feedback” and the fact that it can be grounded in real-world situations.It improves performance alignment.Continuous collaborative learning can help enterprises reinforce knowledge, behaviors and skill sets that are tightly aligned with business goals and objectives. And when these goals and objectives change, the learning shifts in response without any lag time.
It fosters ongoing innovation.By unleashing the intelligence, experience and creativity of your internal teams, of the enterprise at large, and of valuable external sources, continuous collaborative learning can and does reduce stagnation and apathy. It’s like a rising tide that lifts everyone to a valuable vantage point.It elevates employee engagement.As noted above, employees feel valued and are more inclined to be loyal when employers help them develop their skills and oﬀer them learning opportunities.