Building a learning environment

woman giving presentation to group of people at tablesI was leaving a restaurant recently when I passed a side room tucked into the corner of the establishment. With a collection of smaller tables and a warm, cozy feel, it was clearly meant for a small gathering – maybe a birthday celebration or group meeting. It also reminded me immediately of our first Project Management Conference (PMC) that we held for our team years ago. We could all gather in a room meant for 25 or 30 back then. In a few weeks, this same conference will be convening again – this time in a location meant to host 300+ people!

My how we’ve grown.

What’s great is that our commitment to learning and development has grown, too. Over the years, we’ve continually expanded our programs – going beyond the PMC to add a TechExpo for our newer technical staff, the Administrative Excellence Symposium for our administrative professionals, CEI Conference for our construction inspection team, Exploring Leadership for employees to learn more about leadership qualities, and a new Leadership Academy for those who want to take the next step in their career.

Just this week, we hosted another round of Manager Training sessions to give our newest managers the best information to help them guide their teams. (Yes, we have been promoting a lot around here these days.)  Using our learning management system, we’ll also hold a series of other trainings from time to time to keep employees in the loop everything from technical to soft-skill development.

For most of these programs, employees all gather in one location to participate – not just for the hands-on experience, but to get to know each other and build relationships across offices. We’re a pretty connected company, and we support each other’s work in invaluable ways. It’s been fun to see the connections take off at these events.

Congrats to our newest managers, and to all of our participants in these programs. Never stop learning!

Kathy Schumann

About the Author

Kathy Schumann connects with co-workers by sharing their stories and experiences – helping employees see how they fit into the big picture of Mead & Hunt. “I have the best job. There’s a great sense of purpose helping co-workers be engaged and challenged by their work experience,” she says. When she’s not blogging, Kathy is editing e-newsletters, building the intranet and forming Mead & Hunt running teams.

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