Workplace culture is extremely important from any perspective. According to Forbes Magazine, no matter what kind of workplace you’re either running or a part of, creating a space for constant learning and growth from one another is the recipe for the most success. When you go into a job and view the environment as one where everyone has an open line of communication with one another, you’re less likely to feel negatively towards that job. It’s up to employers to create this sort of workplace energy, luckily it’s not that hard to let your employees know that their voices matter.
Forbes reports that seeking input for company projects, especially in their initial stages, from any and all employee’s will help create an environment of open discussion and learning. Learning from one another is a huge key in the success of any business. Having monthly check in meetings with an entire staff about areas in which the company can improve will allow for the group to build off one another and where they all agree more work needs to be done. These check in meetings should also allot time for employees to share what’s working well, and successful aspects of the business. This not only can inspire different branches to learn from one another, and what skills or tools they can adopt from each other, but will also allow employees and employers to praise one another on a job well done. Hearing that validation, no matter how small, will surprisingly increase overall motivation to keep up the good work, and also inspire others to aim to reach that same level of success.
According to Forbes, incorporating real-world experiences and stories into work related conflicts, or projects can help employee’s brainstorm and learn from each others past. Lindsay Tanne, the CEO of LogicPrep, an education company that helps families navigate the college admissions landscape, wrote with Forbes about how her and her employee’s like to bring in their real life experiences from on the job and outside of work to help each other learn from one another.
“We’ve found that incorporating real-world experience and discussing actual case studies helps participants to see the immediate relevance of the discussion. In a recent session, I actually asked our college consultants to bring current student files to the table so they could learn from one another and immediately apply the lessons to their students. In order to make this happen, especially in a service business, I like to encourage my team members to think about the most formative client experiences they’ve had and bring them to the group.”
If you want to learn from your employee’s or employer or just want to create a workplace in which everyone is constantly learning from each other, the best way to do that is to just straight up ask. Ask your employee’s for feedback on a completed project and what they thought about their role in it. Ask where they felt everyone could’ve improved, and what worked the best. If you’re an employer, it’s important that the people who work for you respect your authority and position, but are never afraid to approach you with questions or even critics on how something is running.
As previously stated, creating an environment for open communication will lead to the most success because everyone feels comfortable enough to work with one another and state their discrepancies if they have any. Success is the general goal for everyone, regardless of position or title. Going out of your way to ask each other for feedback, experience, ideas, and new ways of function are the keys to learning and growing with each other as a company.
Eric Mastrota is a Contributing Editor at The National Digest based in New York. A graduate of SUNY New Paltz, he reports on world news, culture, and lifestyle. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.