Peters & Peters

Learning by Osmosis – Senior L&D Advisor April Vale discusses steps the firm has taken to replicate spontaneous interaction

A major consideration of remote working has been its impact on informal ad-hoc learning, especially for new starters, junior colleagues and trainees. Various firms have tried to replicate this virtually. Our Senior L&D Advisor, April Vale, says that the firm has attempted to reproduce as much ‘informal’ knowledge sharing activity as possible online, running team chats, inductions with ‘buddies’, mentoring schemes and departmental knowledge sharing sessions, as well as encouraging senior people to screen-share with junior colleagues to review their work. “It’s inevitably challenging to replicate the informal ‘learning by osmosis’ that once existed face-to-face in the office. We recognise that this is particularly important for our trainees and junior associates, for whom experimental learning is vital”.

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