Learn a Little Something During the Holidays

During the holidays, people tend to reflect on how they treat others (aka, their interpersonal skills) and consider if maybe – just maybe – they could treat people a bit better (aka, we may remember that occasionally, we can be a bit, um, curt with each other).

So, who gets the brunt of your bad mood when day goes haywire? Your co-workers. In the article, “’Tis The Season To Be Learning,” on Fistful of Talent, by Dan Carusi, points out that often times, everyone in the office tends to sometimes forget that all relationships – even office ones – can be improved by one-on-one communication.

Carusi says that many business owners are too consumed with creating learning programs at their office and that they often forget the importance of one-on-one mentoring, and learning.

Carusi expands on his observation and gives some pretty insightful advice:

“Encourage a culture of learning where employees want to help others learn: Promote self-directed learning so people feel empowered to seek out mentors or a comfort level to ask a peer for help.  Incorporate into the on-boarding process by helping new hires find mentors and peers to accelerate their ramp up.  Believe it or not, this may have a big influence on the retention of talent in the first year of employment.”

What kind of learning programs do you have at your company? Do you encourage your managers to work one-on-one with employees, and fellow employees to lend a hand to their peers? Let us know in the comments because we can all learn something from each other.

Resource: ’Tis The Season To Be Learning,” on Fistful of Talent, by Dan Carusi

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