Many of you will know that I refer to myself as an independent Workplace Learning & Collaboration Advisor. What does that involve?
I help L&D (as well as other organizational) teams in the following ways:
- I keep them up to date with what’s happening in the world of workplace learning and collaboration trends, technologies and tools, as well as answer their questions on new things they have heard about.
- I offer a range of options (ideas and suggestions) for ways to solve any challenges and problems.
- I help them understand the pros and cons, costs and benefits of different solutions for the particular issues they face.
- I provide support and guidance as they put the option THEY HAVE CHOSEN into practice.
I don’t do their work for them. I don’t sell them (nor tell them to use) a particular methodology, product or system. I help them make informed decisions.
As L&D departments evolve in this new world of working and learning, there is a growing need for Workplace Learning Advisers who can help their own organizations in the same way – both proactively and reactively.
- Proactively keeping work teams up to date with new ways to improve productivity and supporting knowledge sharing and collaboration.
- Reactively helping work teams, groups and individuals understand the range of possibilities to address their job, team or business performance problems, and then supporting them as they put their chosen option into practice.
The role of Workplace Learning Advisor is therefore about helping individuals and teams make informed decisions - rather than telling them what to do or learn - or how to do it.
Is the role of Workplace Learning Advisor one that you would like to take on - or maybe even already take on in your organisation?