Is training a drudgery endured once or twice a year or is it a part of daily life enjoyed by all? Many companies and sites are missing the boat by not having a culture of continuous learning. One where new knowledge is constantly entering the "collective" and finding its way into use. If you can create this culture then you will keep your organization competitive while improving morale according to multiple recently studies.
Here are five easy ways to start your site on a pathway to lifelong education.
1. Trade publications offer a lot of great examples of other organizations
success and best practices for no cost other than the time to read. If you are in the manufacturing and asset management world your site should be getting magazines like Plant Engineering, Plant Services, Solutions, Uptime, and others. It is not enough to just sign
up for a free subscription. Set up magazine swaps and route around articles
that you think are particularly relevant to the site. Have different
people present a quick overview of one article per week in your morning
meeting. Make the transfer of knowledge an important part of your
traditional report out meetings.
2. Websites and blogs like ReliabilityNow.com can also supplement your
magazine articles. If your organization is more comfortable with online
resources than print you can increase your learning with tools like
Twitter and LinkedIn as they serve up a lot of great content as well. Be
aware however that forwarding a link in an email can sometimes lower
the chances it will be consumed by your target audience. After all they did not just receive that email, it came with 38 others. Because of
that you may want to share verbally as well as possibly print it in
order to get the attention of your group. This really depends on the
culture your site has developed.
3. Videos and YouTube are exploding with information, industry specific
newscast, and how to videos. If you have not done so just take a look at
this search on YouTube for Asset Management. These videos can be used
to kick off meetings, they can be looped in break rooms or just sent as a
link. There are also videos on demand like the ones we host here that can provide general awareness or a refresher of content right when you need it and when it matters to you most.
4. Books are the last category and while very old school the classic book
club approach can really help the organization grow by holding students
accountable to read and then discuss with the group. The discussion
really improves retention of the material and understanding. If you can
tie the content to something that is happening in the facility,
increasing the relevance, then it will be a slam dunk.
I have used all of these in organizations at one time or another and it
is pretty exciting to see the organization brighten as it embraces