Careers without fears: how to make your organisation love learning and sharing

January 4, 2016 Colette Wade


Starting a new career can be a daunting task. We all have fears and reservations about particular situations at work, but they certainly shouldn’t deter you from your chosen career path.  It seems in the UK, though, that’s not always the case.

Recent research from CIPD showed that one in four workers in the UK are choosing careers that avoid their workplace fears. Some of the most typical fears included: presenting and public speaking, cold calling and running a phone, and leading a team of employees.

While the number seems high, it’s promising to see in the results that many also choose to face their fears, with 26.6 percent of professionals saying they chose to tackle the issue head on and 15.6 per cent using the opportunity as a chance to eradicate the issue and better themselves.

What’s most interesting from our perspective, is that when respondents were asked to identify the best ways to address workplace fears, more than half said that ‘training opportunities and managerial support’ would be the most helpful.

Some companies may perceive that training opportunities and support can take up too much time and resources, or they get pushed aside as more pressing work comes through. One way to combat this is through constant collaborative learning and sharing, as Charles Jennings outlines in his ‘Love Learning, Love Sharing’ booklet, developed with Cornerstone. Here’s his tips on how to get your organisation to love learning and sharing:

  • Make time for feedback

Set aside time in team meetings to share from your personal experience and learnings since you all last met.

  • Tell a story

Use storytelling as a way to improve onboarding. Share the type of work ethic and attitude you want to promote within the business as well as stories from all parts of your organisation.

  • Blog about it

Set up a micro-blog for team members to contribute their daily insights, challenges and success stories. Work together from there to help each other through issues as well as celebrate achievements.

  • Film it

Use videos to help capture, share reviews of projects instead of writing documents. The visuals will be far more engaging than a lengthy written report.

  • Be social

Use social learning as a performance support technique. For example, you could establish a wiki to capture good practice and allow for experts to add their tips and techniques to help improvements across the board.

To read more tips on social learning, download the “Love Learning, Love Sharing” booklet by Charles Jennings from the Cornerstone OnDemand website. 

About the Author

Colette Wade

Colette Wade is Cornerstone OnDemand's Vice President of Marketing, having joined the company in 2011. She is responsible for overseeing all of Cornerstone's European Marketing operations.

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