Teach Employees to Learn From One Another

When your team wishes to learn a new skill, where do they turn? Google? YouTube? Their corporate training programs? No. According to a study conducted by our firm, Degreed, more employees first turn to their peers (55 percent )–second only to asking their managers. Learning can be a powerful development tool which breaks through some obstacles, and it also has other advantages.

Yet several organizations have to make a formal structure for peer-to-peer learning. In a McKinsey survey, Learning & Development officials report that while classroom coaching, experiential training, and on-the-job utilization of skills now in general use learning tools, less than 50% of organizations have established any sort of formal peer-to-peer learning. One in three respondents said their companies do not have any arrangements in place to yield knowledge among workers.

In the analysis for the book The Expertise Economy, we noticed that supervisors are often reluctant to set up formal peer-to-peer learning primarily due …

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