Employee development that matters (Guest commentary)

Creating an environment for learning and change
By Lynn Johnston
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/01/2009

We spend a good part of our lives at work, and much of what happens in the workplace is out of our control. And yet there are opportunities for us to contribute in meaningful ways if we can understand how our efforts relate to the success of the organizations we work for.

The week of Sept. 21 to Sept. 25 is Learn@Work Week in Canada. Organizations of all sizes will be celebrating the accomplishments of employees as well as the learning and development opportunities provided through formal training, mentoring and coaching, online learning and informal information sharing.

This annual event has grown over the past several years to include innovative local events that reflect the variety of workplaces across the country. It provides a chance for companies to showcase best practices for fostering ongoing learning.