Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article From Salsa dancing to truffle-making, employers throughout the country arefreeing their staff to try a range of different activities. And it’s all in thename of Learning at Work Day on 15 May. Salsa classes will be held for staff at Le Meridien Grosvenor Apartments.Financial giant Halifax’s staff will study to expand their brain power, readpeople by their eyes and take part in ‘colour coding for personal enhancement’.Foster Wheeler employees will take a break from providing engineering servicesand products to the petroleum and gas industries to address circus skills,relaxation techniques and sign language classes. Staff at Learndirect will maketruffles. According to the Campaign for Learning, last year’s Learning at Work Dayencouraged 750,000 employees across 4,000 organisations to take part – 43 percent for the first time. “Last year, we used it as a motivational event,” said MarianneHaddow, HR director at Le Meridien Grosvenor Apartments. “It meant wecould promote personal development opportunities and get the message acrossthat learning was fun.” Following on from last year’s internet surfing sessions, Haddow reports thatemployees took up further computer courses, including basic training forMicrosoft Office. “It’s like a PR day for the training department, so morepeople become interested in what we can offer.” “It’s part of the culture we’re trying to engender where people takeresponsibility for their own development,” said Jane Edwards, a trainingmanager at Halifax. “Our employees feel we are supporting them anddeveloping them in a non-traditional style. Last year, our activities sparkedinterest so if it gets them aware of what we have to offer it has a positiveeffect.” The promotion of training and learning activities seem to lie at the heartof the day’s activities, but according to Darshana Dholakia at Learndirect,these can still provide relevant skills to the workplace: “Truffle-makingmay seem a little eccentric, but actually the time management skills requiredto do that are important,” she said. “It also boosts individuals’confidence so people who aren’t sure about learning can be drawn in. It’s notjust about upskilling your employees, it can also help the general wellbeing ofyour staff.” Learndirect is not only supporting through its extensive learning resourcesand sponsorship of the day, but its own staff will be taking part ininitiatives such as job swaps, sessions on creative thinking and managing thework-life balance. “It’s a win-win initiative for everybody,” said Susie Parsons,chief executive of Campaign for Leaning. “Organisations and employees whotake part continue learning activities throughout the year. It makes everyonestop and think about their learning so any activity is good.” www.campaign-for-learning.org.ukBy Simon Kent Truffle-making extends learning at work day mixOn 1 May 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.