With an aim to save cost and time, many firms are supplementing training and development with the new approach of ‘Learn-at-Lunch’. Occasionally using an hour of lunch for knowledge sharing can stimulate employee engagement.
In this article at The Balance Careers, F. John Reh shares some productive ideas to implement this new approach in the organization.
Time is the most expensive investment for an organization and wasting precious working hours on training is not an ideal deal. But, neglecting training and development will hamper growth in the fast-changing business world. Therefore, utilizing an hour of lunch period in knowledge sharing occasionally could be beneficial for the organization.
The Learn-at-Lunch training is more of an informal event that is less structured in comparison with the conventional training sessions. To implement these practices at the workplace, the author suggests few options to utilize the lunchtime:
- This time can be utilized in training the customer service executives for answering official calls correctly and to provide leadership training to the first-line managers.
- Utilize this hour in explaining all the products and services offered by the company to the employees.
- Conducting employee-led professional development is another beneficial idea. Employees from different departments or different project teams can share space and exchange productive knowledge about their work. For instance, an accountant can share tax benefit information, HRs can share interview tips, or marketers can suggest things observed in other product promotions.
- It is not mandatory to utilize the lunchtime for business benefits. One can use this opportunity to extend the non-official learning of SEO writing, new software or apps to organize work, etc.
- The lunchtime can also be utilized in conducting guest lectures or cross-cultural education.
- An organization can totally dedicate this time to employee benefits skills. Senior managers can discuss and share retirement planning, budgeting or physical fitness approach with the employees.
Pros & Cons
As every new initiative has its pros and cons, even ‘Learn-at-Lunch’ has some positive and negative aspects. Let’s take a look:
- It’s a great substitute for regular lunch breaks. But if forced, it may turn into a boring activity that employees won’t enjoy.
- Careful selection of topic can make it a huge success. But if the employees are not given enough options to choose, this may turn into a boring activity that means reduced participation over time.
- The idea is to extend an opportunity for additional learning. But, an exhausting session may turn annoying for the employees.
- The trainers will enjoy the spotlight and it may turn as a confidence booster for many. But, if not planned and organized appropriately, the organization might alienate valuable professionals.
Always remember, the lunchtime helps an individual to reset for the other half of the day. Utilizing this time in serious discussions will surely affect the employees’ productivity. So, make it a fun learning time for them, that too, occasionally! Read the original article on the following link: https://www.thebalancecareers.com/learn-at-lunch-a-program-to-help-employees-grow-2276165