06 January 2020 | Swati Deshpande
Learning is so important for professional survival, says Swati Deshpande.
Knowledge and new skills open us up to opportunities and set us on the path to innovate. But with tight deadlines and increasing workloads, how can we carve out time to learn? And does not learning put us at risk of being left behind?
Innovation and learning is just part of my company culture and other organisations also offer a dedicated L&D programme, send employees on courses to bridge skill gaps or celebrate a sharing day - where employees teach their colleagues a new skill.
But if you work someplace where these options are not available, or aren't practical - it does not have to spell the end of learning for you.
Recently I had to prepare a snappy video for a potential new client using their app. I knew what I wanted this video to look like, but I'd never used the app and was definitely not about to create the next viral sensation on my first attempt. I could either waste hours trying or just ask for help.
An SOS to the team and I ended up with a video and tutorial from our lead driver's 13-year-old. She was thrilled to help daddy's colleague and I got tips from the right demographic. Win-win!
This was a sobering reminder that learning doesn't have to be in a classroom or a training session with CPD hours. As we face a changing workplace dynamic, leaders should adopt creative learning techniques.
Innovation can only come from the quest to learn something new and the ability to learn from your failures. It does not need a dedicated day. It can happen while you're on your commute listening to an industry/specialist podcast - or in my case, from a colleague's teenage kid.
Swati Deshpande is marketing manager at contract caterer Fooditude