It is true to the fact that the global pandemic has left a lot of businesses disrupted. After almost 2 years of working from home, there are many challenges that businesses have faced. Be it in terms of knowledge exchange, skill development, or management, everything has been obstructed to its core.
There is no better time to incorporate social learning and experiences while formulating new strategies. Moving forward, organizations need to find innovative ways to implement in order to promote personal and organizational health. Strategies that incorporate learning growth along with taking care of an employee’s mental health as well are necessary.
In an endeavor like this, the work plan should be equipped with 4 critical elements that provide proven impacts on the adoption of learning ways as well as on an employee’s mental health as well.
1- A Psychologically Safe Space for Exchange of Ideas : A psychologically safe space doesn’t imply that there is an absence of intimidation or threats. It means that whether in a team or amongst employees, there is a safe space to exchange ideas without negative consequences or future humiliation.
One of the core elements of high-performing teams depends upon the provision of such safe spaces. The greatest challenge that it faces is the presence of varied perceptions and interactions of a number of people involved.
With effective experiential learning, colleagues are able to learn and enjoy each other’s company outside of the normal environments, hierarchy, and working conditions. It adds a fun and interactive way of exchanging ideas and learning together.
This learning experience can be effectively incorporated into virtual learning environments leading to rhythmic training across teams and leading to rising psychological confidence of speaking amongst team members.
2- Implementing Healthy Competition Through Fun and Challenge : As you incorporate fun at work there are a number of key business outcomes that tend to rise. This includes a creative flow of ideas, a higher level of productivity, an increase in the number of customer advocacy, lower absenteeism, and much more.
Well-structured experiential learning complied with fun games and challenges can provide an active learning environment. Fun in learning comes with healthy competitions that are based on games and encourage everybody to participate. This not only gives a breather from a normal pattern but also provides an escape from daily boardroom boredom.
3- Connecting People Through Common Experiences : One of the biggest methods to connect and sustain relationships is through the power of sharing common experiences. In a world where businesses and teams have moved outside the 4 walls of a cubicle. Sharing lunches, attending events, and pulling an all-nighter to get things done has become a part and parcel of work life. Amongst it, learning about each other’s past experiences helps in developing a feeling of belongingness.
4- Building Confidence For Mutual Growth and Adaptation : There is a need for us to grow and adapt now more than ever. As the unprecedented situation that has arisen has left the economy and other vital parts of the world shattered. With the covid rules that are not even close to perfect, there is a need of nurturing the right mindset for work.
One of the most powerful tools for creating the right mindsets is through the power of dialogue and exchanging experiences. It helps people in realizing the need to adapt and makes them change the ‘Can I adapt?’ to ‘I can Adapt!’.