What strategies have you used for integrating learning and development (L&D) activities?

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Director in Manufacturing, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
When possible I try to get my team members involved in projects outside our immediate group for future career growth

This can be challenging when your team is in the Chemicals division and the project is in the Aerospace. When you are in Corporate IT, it can be easier to get involved in division projects because they are usually understaffed
Partner in Software, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
We’ve found that lunch and learn sessions are the easiest way to integrate learning and development. We're a small firm but that's the one way we tend to do it. We have a rigorous focus in certain areas, but we tend to get outside experts as well. At Pure Storage, the objective was to get someone in a specific space to share some of their expert insights. It’s still the most effective strategy because it's convenient. I remember we had a lunch and learn presentation from someone who spoke about the legal system in the US and it was very interesting for people to get into a different mindset that way. Diversity of both the content and the learning is necessary to see a good level of engagement.

Learning from each other is something that we encouraged on a regular basis at MoveWorks. When we did the all-hands meetings, we dedicated 15-20 minutes for a pre-planned series of presentations. Almost anyone could present and it could be something related to a customer in some cases, but sometimes it was a complex problem that we couldn't solve. That presentation itself is a level of learning and there's rich context there. It's also very encouraging to see people show stuff that they're interested in, so it's a good exercise for people to build their presentation and communication skills. There will be many flavors of learning, but a good diversity of styles allows people to figure out what they prefer, what's convenient for them, and then lean into that a bit more.
Chief Information Officer in Software, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
We’ve tried a few virtual micro learning sessions, but they don't work. People drop like flies in the first 30 minutes and it's not helpful. But we’ve had success with lunch and learn sessions, where you actually bring lunch and we all talk about a topic. They are more collaborative and interactive, so that works well.

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