"The benefits of showing your staff how important they are to the future success and the fact that you are prepared to invest in them cannot be underestimated.”



Putting learning first

As part of Learning at Work Week (18 - 24 May) , we've been working with Pro-Development to understand more about the strengths of individual team members, as well as exploring how the team can draw on those strengths to work even more effectively together for the benefit of our clients and for the business.

Learning at Work Week, organised by the Campaign for Learning, aims to put the spotlight on the importance and benefits of learning and development. It promotes an inclusive approach to learning, and encourages businesses to extend opportunities to learn to all employees, particularly those who might not currently take part.

This year’s theme is ‘shaping our future’, something Pro-Development founder Michelle Mook believes is particularly relevant for businesses as the country emerges from recession:
“As things start to pick up again, having the right people in place, all working together to achieve shared goals is crucial for small and medium sized businesses,” she says. “And yet so many simply don’t realise the value of the people they have working for them or how much more those people could offer, given the right opportunities and support.
“Time and time again we hear business owners saying that good people are hard to find, and yet so many businesses don’t take the time to nurture and develop the great people they already have; people with real potential to have a significant, positive impact on their business.”
As well as working with Partners, Michelle will be supporting International Coaching Week through the ‘discover York, discover coaching’ walks, which will give people a taster of what coaching can offer in an informal setting, as well as an opportunity for a walk around York, taking in some of the city’s landmarks. She will also be on the panel at a ‘Question Time’ style event at the First Direct Arena in Leeds at the CIPD West Yorkshire Annual Meeting on 20th May.
“There are lots of things businesses can do to get involved, and they don’t have to be huge things,” says Michelle. “It could be as simple as talking to your staff about their development needs and career aspirations. Or you could run an event to share with your team what development is available and how to access it.
“You could design activities that allow colleagues from different parts of the business to meet and understand each other better, such as skill swaps or job shadowing. Or you could ask the chairman or MD to share their story to inspire and motivate the team. It doesn’t have to all be about work, though, you could include a mixture of work and social activities.
“Learning at Work Week offers businesses an opportunity to put learning in the spotlight, which can have all sorts of positive effects. It can help improve employee engagement; encourage feedback and perspectives that help inform future planning; help businesses discover and recognise internal talent; address workplace ‘silos’ and bridge information gaps.
“The benefits of showing your staff how important they are to the future success and the fact that you are prepared to invest in them cannot be underestimated.”
To find out more about Learning at Work Week, visit www.campaign-for-learning.org.uk or www.pro-development.co.uk.


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