BY: PAUL SALANDY
Are you having trouble finding the time to get a training session up and running? Try a lunch and learn.
What Exactly is a Learn at Lunch Program?
A lunch at learn program is a 30-45 minutes training or presentation session facilitated by an organization to employees during a lunch hour. You might decide to have it in an employee cafeteria, auditorium, or even in a conference room. What sets this concept apart from other programs is the accessibility and less formal structure of this approach. As an incentive, the company usually provides lunch. If this is not feasible you can invite employees to bring their own lunch during the session. Lunch and learn is an easy way to develop and motivate employees while creating a workplace of communication, collaboration and learning. The session may also cover important issues and promote an open platform of information for employees.
Key Benefits of Learn at Lunch Program
- The sessions make excellent use of time, which is already limited throughout the day.
- The brief informal setting allows a better channel for understanding and getting the direct point across.
- Group training reinforces the overall company culture.
- Creates critical awareness for issues at hand.
- Effectively introduces any new organizational initiatives.
- Boosts employee morale.
- Builds and maintains teamwork skills.
- Enhances team communication.
- Advances other company training initiatives.
- Allows a level of expertise to be shared amongst other employees.
- Raises the motivation level necessary for fulfilling company objectives.
- Helps satisfy government and federal legal training requirements.
Overall, a Learn at Lunch program creates an open channel for information flow and training. Whether the training is targeted towards professional & personal development, skill set training, or even life skills, these sessions can result in a boost in employee motivation and skills needed for a valuable and successful work experience.
About The Author
Paul Salandy is a student at NYU Stern School of Business, double majoring in Marketing and Management with a minor in Media, Culture, and Communications.