Many organizations struggle with self-education of employees. A very effective way to make learning enjoyable is for people to organize exploration days. Sometimes called hackathons or ShipIt days, these days are meant to invite employees to learn and develop themselves by running experiments and exploring new ideas.
Continuous learning and development and its key to the success of any individual or team is the subject of this chapter of management guru Jurgen Appelo’s “#Workout: Games, Tools and Practices to Engage People, Improve Work, and Delight Clients.” While orientation training is essential to onboard and welcome new team members, continued self-education must be encouraged. Scheduling time for this sort of activity is essential to your organization’s success.
Some call it Education Days or Exploration Days, others hackathons or ShipIt Days. Google calls it 20 percent of each workweek. Some schedule one day a month for the whole team, while others give freedom to each employee to choose. It’s all about encouraging your employees to experiment, play, imagine.
“The job of management is not to select the best ideas; it is to create a great system that allows for the best ideas to emerge.”
This chapter dives into when to hold these hackathons, as well as to use crowdfunding to help choose the best ideas (instead of leaving it to managers to reject.)
“You get the best out of your employees when you treat them as entrepreneurs.”
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