Have you ever watched your favorite band perform live and thought, I really wish I could play guitar? Thanks to the explosion of free content and the popularity of sites like YouTube, you can borrow your neighbor’s guitar, pull up a how-to video, and start teaching yourself how to play guitar in a matter of minutes.
We are living in an era where new skills and information are only a click away, and this has fundamentally changed the way we learn both as consumers, and as employees. Based on internal research, we believe a majority of learning takes the form of informal knowledge sharing in a peer-to-peer setting. And thanks to new learning technology, we can provide employees with a similar consumer learning experience in the workplace.
There are several benefits to developing a peer learning program at your company. First and foremost, you’re unlocking a wealth of employee knowledge. It is likely that many of your employees are already experts in a specific skill and train others continuously (we all know someone who is constantly called on to teach sales people the secret sauce for getting a stalled prospect to reengage), especially in onboarding situations. Just think if you could capture that information once and share it with your entire workforce exactly when they need it?