Today’s guest blog post is written by Christy Warren, Educational Development Manager, PatronManager.
Learning goes far beyond the formal relationship of teacher and student — it’s all around us. In fact, our best learning resource may be the person right next to us. Not surprisingly, there is an official term for this: peer-to-peer learning. It’s all about collaboration among peers with the goal of improving skills quickly and somewhat organically.
In the workplace, you probably notice it most when you start a new job. In those formative months, every moment is about observing your peers and absorbing the office culture. You ask questions often, take notes, and work hard to retain everything. You feel pressured (likely self-induced) to show how quickly you can learn tasks and policies. After all, you want to affirm that your boss made the right decision in hiring you. You also want your peers to understand you are on their team and you won’t be a slacker. This rapid assimilation is happening because of peer-to-peer learning, and it usually happens without much effort by the employer. Employees want to succeed, so they focus on that directly.
This focus wanes over time, though, so employers in effective office environments work hard to keep this energy alive over the long term. That’s because workers who are continually learning are more engaged, invested, and happy. Why is this? Read the Article