This post is part of our biweekly "Office Hours" video series, featuring quick career, workplace and leadership tips from talent management experts and business leaders across the globe.
Gone are the days when employee learning took place in a classroom, with outdated Powerpoint presentations and little context for real-world applications. Today, the world of work is so fast-paced that learning happens on the job, when employees need to brush up on a skill they've forgotten, or familiarize themselves with a totally new tool.
For organizational leaders and managers, this is an opportunity to get involved and serve as teachers, says Carol Anderson, principal at Anderson Performance Partners. After all, it's through thoughtful conversations with their supervisors that employees can start identifying their strengths and areas that needs improvement.
Watch the video below for more tips on how to make the most of teachable moments with employees.
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