Sometimes even the smartest people among us need some help. And we often can learn more when we rely on our friends or peers to help show us the way.  Jim Dolson and Ben Jones of US Staffing Agency talked about that recently on the 95.3 WBCK Morning Show with Tim Collins.

They cited an article in the Harvard Business Review published this month titled How to Help Your Employees Learn from Each Other.

Research shows that 55% of people first turn to their peers when they want to learn a new skill.

Even though employees are teaching their peers new skills, less than half of all companies have a formal process for peer-to-peer learning. Ben and Jim say it makes sense to develop a structure that supports a formal peer-to-peer learning process.

The article suggests some best practices when setting up a Peer Learning Program.

  • Appoint a facilitator. It typically works best if this is a neutral third party to the peer group.
  • Build a safe environment. In order to do this, companies need to ensure that there is a high level of confidentiality so that team members feel comfortable sharing ideas.
  • Focus on real-world situations. By this we mean that people should be sharing actual situations in this Peer Learning environment. These would be situations they are currently experiencing or have experienced in the past.
  • Encourage Networking. This allows team members to have the chance to discuss their areas of expertise with people outside of the company.

If you are currently working for a company that is not offering Peer-Learning opportunities then maybe it is e to look for a new place to work. Or if you are an employer that offers unique benefits like Peer Learning, contact US Staffing. They have a pool of team members looking for a great place of employment.

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