Teams that learn together grow together

Team-based training taps into collective learning to provide new insights.
By Muriel Draaisma
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/25/2001

Team learning is gaining ground in workplaces in Canada and its advocates say it makes sense for many companies that want to use internal resources to pass on skills.

Training in teams will eventually surpass traditional classroom training as the preferred method in workplaces because the new world of work increasingly requires a faster, more cost-effective and focused way for employees to acquire skills they can use everyday, predicts Sharon VanderKaay, vice-president of strategy for X-Design Inc., a Toronto-based firm that specializes in training and corporate workplace design.

Team learning means executives and employees gather in a group at a workplace, typically once a week for an hour, to work through problems, generate new ideas and learn from each other.