Structures within Learning and Development continue to evolve and become more complex.
It is stated that 69% of L&D professionals are looking at talent development as a number one priority. As the class-room setting still remains as the number one method for training, trainers are continually searching for environments that are conducive to curating modern learning experiences.
Part residential, part commercial
Domestic designed office-space has slowly started to enter the workplace environment, and we see the need for additional comfort into working environments translating into the external training environment. The industry are now calling these ‘Resimercial spaces’, where the design reflects features that are part residential, part commercial.
Venues are now beginning to introduce ‘lounge-style’ meeting and training environments into their product portfolio. Ideal for relaxed catch ups or briefings, spaces that emulate this level of comfort are centred on the conceptualisation of human engagement and interaction.
On an understanding that the space should not dictate how individuals perceive or operate, it is argued they should explore and experience the environment themselves. Spaces that can do this will prove extremely effective in self-awareness modules within learning and development schedules.
As the average shelf-life of skills is supposed to be less than five years, this has disrupted traditional corporate learning environments and encouraged a need for ‘transformative learning’. This is a process of tapping into the unconscious that encourages learners to change how they see and do things.
Replacing traditional meeting room furniture with low armchairs and sofas allows delegates to simply relax into the comfortable seating, and as a result this shortens the initial tension of any group, creates fluency and removes any formalities. The learners are automatic naturally more curious and therefore more engaged and involved, this is what encourages individuals to think differently and as a result creates elevated outcomes.
Peer-to-peer coaching & ‘soft-skills’
Peer-to-peer coaching has been reported as the second most popular way L&D professionals train their employees. Domesticated meeting spaces can help to achieve an informal environment that feels casual, whilst providing comfort. This creates a constructive atmosphere where boundaries can be broken down between peers throughout coaching.
As technology continues to outgrow human interaction in business, there is a growing need for trainers to emphasise on ‘soft skills’ within the training agenda. ‘Homefulness’ is a feeling that encompasses more than just comfort, but also captures a deep sense of belonging.
Training venues that can create learning environments that have been designed to inspire the well-being, hospitality and flexibility of any workplace learning can tap into emotional intelligence, collaboration and negotiation. This is what creates a learning experience that enables learners to reach proficiency in the shortest amount of time.
About the author – Emily Boylin:
Emily is extremely passionate about marketing, she is a Marketing Assistant for Warwick Conferences, a portfolio of conference and event venues within the University of Warwick. Confident and ambitious with a creative yet strategic mind, her strengths lie in organisation, forward-planning, creative concepts and design and copy writing.
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