When it comes to supporting career development, it’s essential to help employees acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and career development path. Applying this learning through on-the-job training experiences, such as job shadowing, amplifies learning while teaching tangible skills and competencies for day-to-day use. Further, job shadowing supports the concept of career ladders and lattices by enabling career exploration, planning and developing across functional roles or management levels.
Job shadowing is an on-on-the job learning experience where one employee observes a more experienced employee to build skills, competencies and role-specific knowledge. Job shadowing allows employees to:
People retain only 10 percent of what they read, 20 percent to 30 percent of what they hear, and almost 50 percent of what they learn through discussion and interaction. When we add direct experience to that mix (i.e. on-the-job experience), the retention and application level goes up to 75% or more.
Assembling a learning center for employees is a powerful tool for enabling career development and allows employees to explore content from subject matter experts at their discretion. With Chronus software’s community features, you can build a repository of job descriptions to enable employees to learn about career options, functional areas of the business and other organization-specific content.