What Kind of Learning Is Best for Your Employees?
New research points to a common element in a successful workforce, and that’s the ability to recall new skills even when they don’t seem “right.”
A just released article in Scientific American discusses the process through which these skills are acquired in a variety of settings. According to the article’s author, Marvin Sweet, reteaching people with a new knowledge can help them to conform their new knowledge to their old one, and the way that happens depends on what kind of learning that skill is. For example, retraining women about manual labor, Sweet explains, will often take the form of them seeing how a new skill improves the work they do on manual labor projects, making them more likely to have time to learn the new skill at hand.
On the other hand, if the new skill that they are learning is relevant to things that they already do—such as “how to use an ergonomic chair” or “how to move patients around the operating room,” a different kind of formative training will be required. In these cases, a progressive, progressive training schedule is required, so that a skill’s relearning does not suffer. As Sweet says, these learners are often “trying to get back to doing the work that they’ve done before,” and new skills can help them to do that. And when the skill that the learners are relearning reaches these needs, the ability to do that familiar work once again might not be as important, and the type of training that they’re undergoing to get there might be more “less structured,” says Sweet.
“You learn better the more that you’re repeating what you already know,” he explains. “You don’t have to reinvent the wheel.”