Learning at Work, is a lot like trying to adopt a more healthy lifestyle
Everyone knows they should do it, but it’s hard to build a sustainable habit without some help. It can feel like a mountain to climb, unless you break it down into small chunks that you can easily achieve. That’s one reason why top companies are moving away from formal training to more informal, bitesize learning.
How does that apply to learning?
Just like exercise and healthy eating, learning is more effective when you do it every day. Over time, small achievements build up and give you a sense of momentum. You start feeling like you’re making progress and that you can take on tougher challenges. But that takes effort, willpower and planning, which is why most people don’t do it.
It doesn’t take much will-power to turn up to a training course and do what you’re told for a day. But face to face training courses aren’t all that effective at changing behaviour over time. They give you a large portion of learning that wears off quickly, if you don’t follow up and embed it. It’s a bit like eating 35 portions of fruit and vegetables in one day, instead of spreading them out across the week. There’s a limit to what your body can absorb. Everything else is just a waste.