Your Startup Should Host Company-Wide Workshops

July 8, 2016

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The key to success lies in investing in your employees. Fortunately, internal training in the form of workshops can offer employees many more advantages than sending them to a seminar or training program elsewhere. If they want to learn new skills and theories, what better place than where you are going to implement them, right?

In an organization with many different departments, it’s helpful for each department to learn about what is going on in their coworkers area of expertise by going through workshops.

Different Department, Different Skill Set

Each department at a company has a unique set of skills, but there shouldn’t be anything holding teams back from learning from one another. In fact, engaging with other employees on their day-to-day tasks and skills is a great way to learn.

Marketing specialists typically don’t know how to code, and UX designers may not know the best sales strategies. Although these things aren’t necessary for their career, it is more than beneficial. This is why some companies organize weekly internal training meetings, conducted by their own employees.


Anil, Codal’s Engineering Lead training the team on API’s

The Benefits of Workshops

For starters, the cost for this type of training is low–you don’t have to pay for flights or tickets to a seminar, and don’t have to hire a professional to train your employees. It’s simply a matter of time. One hour every week, or every other week, is worth the insight gained by employees, on what others are doing for the company. In this type of setting, time and cost barriers are pretty much non-existent.

Learning informally from your fellow coworkers is much more personal, and comes more naturally, which will create an overall better experience. Education doesn’t always have to be formal, and sometimes people will be less likely to resist learning new things that aren’t exactly necessary (but beneficial) for them to know. Subject-matter experts are usually more than willing to share their knowledge and expertise with others in an informal setting. Also, any type of boredom that could occur is replaced with curiosity and eagerness.

If you have a group of experts in your company or organization, arrange informal workshops for them to share their expertise with the rest of the team. If you’re still unsure about this, consider the low barrier to entry, the informal (and sometimes fun) setting, and the lack of time constraints. You’ve got nothing to lose–try it once and see how it goes.

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Marketing Manager at Codal, blogger, and technology + startup enthusiast. Codal is a global software design and development agency, headquartered in Chicago. Jenna is passionate about the world of tech, and strives to add to its richness.

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