Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 55

LEARNER MINDSET
MICHELLE EGGLESTON SCHWARTZ

MAKING LEARNING
FUN AGAIN

Somewhere between grade school and
the real world, "fun" took a back seat in the
learning process. Stories are no longer told
around a magic carpet, catchy songs are
no longer sung to remember important
information, and engaging games and
exciting rewards have vanished from
lesson plans.
As we age, learning becomes a much
more serious and structured event, but it
doesn't have to be that way. In fact, having
fun can improve learning retention and
recall - regardless of the learner's age.
It's amazing how a simple story, game or
role-play session can improve knowledge
retention for adult learners.
Informal learning accounts for a large
portion of how employees consume
information and apply learning to their
work. Whether gaining tips from a
colleague or watching a quick video online,
informal learning occurs throughout our
organizations every day. It's the organic
nature of this learning that makes it
engaging and entertaining. The challenge
for many organizations surrounds how to
document, harness and leverage informal
knowledge for the benefit of the company.
This challenge only grows more complicated
when considering the essential skills
necessary for the future of work. Research
reports by LinkedIn Learning and the World
Economic Forum reveal that creativity is one
of the most critical skills that employees
will need in order to navigate the future
workplace. As technology continues to
transform business and take an increasingly
active role in streamlining business
practices, human skills like creativity become
more essential.

"We need people who are not just very
narrowly trained in their discipline, but
we need people who can think outside
the box and can think critically and get
creative," according to Rebecca Winthrop
of Brookings Institution in the "New Skills
Now" report by Accenture.
Creativity is a process of discovery that
requires innovative, unstructured thinking.
It's not a skill that can be developed with a
one-and-done training solution. So how
can learning and development (L&D)
teams help employees tap into their innate
creativity through informal learning? Here
are a few things to consider:

HAVING FUN CAN
IMPROVE LEARNING
RETENTION AND
RECALL - REGARDLESS
OF THE LEARNER'S AGE.
CELEBRATING LEARNING MOMENTS
Learning can occur in the most unlikely
places - from the breakroom to the walk
to the car at the end of the workday.
However, oftentimes, no one hears about
it. These learning moments get buried
among typical day-to-day activities.
Finding ways to share and celebrate these
moments can spark inspiration in other
employees and build a strong learning
culture that embraces and encourages the
learning process.
PRIORITIZING QUIET TIME
Today's employees are busy jumping
from meeting to meeting and project

to project, leaving little time to pause
and reflect. People need time to reflect
on their experiences in order to truly
learn and improve. These moments of
solitude can breed innovative solutions
to troubleshoot recurring problems or
devise new alternatives to processes and
procedures. Helping employees find time
to brainstorm and think more deeply
about their work can have amazing
advantages.
MAKING TIME FOR TEAM BUILDING
ACTIVITIES
Organizing team building activities
provides employees the opportunity
to interact with coworkers in a casual,
relaxed setting. Structured activities like
happy hours, book clubs, sporting events
or other social outings can improve
employee morale while also enhancing
communication
and
collaboration
skills. Having casual conversations can
strengthen employee relationships that
will lead to more productive meetings in
the future.
MAKING LEARNING FUN AGAIN
Orchestrating fun learning activities for
the business may sound more like a job
description for a party planner than a training
professional, but it's quickly becoming a
crucial part of the L&D professional's role.
By making corporate learning fun, L&D
professionals can transform business as
usual and kick-start innovation that will
lead to more creative problem-solving and
cutting-edge solutions.
Michelle Eggleston Schwartz is the editorial
director at Training Industry, Inc. Email Michelle.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019

Thinking More Broadly About How Adults Learn
Table of Contents
Mentoring: 4 Keys To Making it a Meaningful Learning Experience
Formalizing Informal Learning: Tinker Dabble Doodle Try
The Accidental Learner
Percolating Builds Depth
Coaching is a Cop-Out
Close More Deals With Story Selling
Partnering for the Power of Knowledge: How Can Knowledge Sharing Foster Collaboration Among L&D and Employees?
Organizational Resiliency: a Function of Leader Adaptability and Versatility
Rules of Engagement for by Laura Francis Mentoring Reverse
Steps to Formally Make The Informal Part of Your Content Strategy
The Play's the Thing': The Power of Story-Based Learning
Fujitsu’s Experiment With Peer Coaching Pays Off
How to be Authentic When Collaborating on Multicultural Virtual Teams
Making the Case for Informal Learning at Work
Formalizing Informal Learning to Improve Performance
Making Learning Fun Again
Investing in the Future of the Worker, Not Just the Future of Work
Company News
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Cover1
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 2
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Thinking More Broadly About How Adults Learn
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Table of Contents
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 5
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 6
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 7
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 8
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Mentoring: 4 Keys To Making it a Meaningful Learning Experience
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 10
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Formalizing Informal Learning: Tinker Dabble Doodle Try
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 12
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - The Accidental Learner
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 14
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Percolating Builds Depth
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Coaching is a Cop-Out
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 18
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 19
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Close More Deals With Story Selling
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 22
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 23
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Partnering for the Power of Knowledge: How Can Knowledge Sharing Foster Collaboration Among L&D and Employees?
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 26
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 28
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Organizational Resiliency: a Function of Leader Adaptability and Versatility
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Rules of Engagement for by Laura Francis Mentoring Reverse
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - 35
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Steps to Formally Make The Informal Part of Your Content Strategy
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - The Play's the Thing': The Power of Story-Based Learning
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Fujitsu’s Experiment With Peer Coaching Pays Off
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - How to be Authentic When Collaborating on Multicultural Virtual Teams
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Making the Case for Informal Learning at Work
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Formalizing Informal Learning to Improve Performance
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Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Making Learning Fun Again
Training Industry Magazine - September/October 2019 - Investing in the Future of the Worker, Not Just the Future of Work
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