“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever” . GandhiPublished: 2020-08-04 11:44
For the “living as if you were to die tomorrow” part, we can sum up by “this will stay private” 😉. Regarding the “learn as if you were to live forever”, I can say that this is one of the first thing that jumped into my eyes during my first days at Essity. Starting a new type of position in a new company was obviously the huge challenge faced in my first days (my first months?!?) at Essity. Diving in a new environment, with new colleagues, new processes, new softwares, new habits.
The will of learning “stuffs” constantly drove my life on the professional aspect: from carpenter to journalist, to purchasing manager, to process analyst… and my personal life, which brought me to Sweden, pushed me to integrate Swedish to my portfolio, helped me to fully renovate my house, or made me learn unicycling and slacklining. I can’t imagine a week without learning anything new on an aspect or another.
Unfortunately, many of us usually stop learning once out of school or university. And it’s quite often that we can hear people complain about the lack of perspective of their position, how job’s evolution can be slow or inexistent. I like asking them how they develop themselves, what is their plan to get the promotion they target, or to enlarge their skills and knowledge. It’s quite often that an awkward silence follows the question… despite that nowadays, the learning possibilities are more accessible than ever: library, e-books, audio books, MOOCs, specific channels on youtube, remote courses… and internally at Essity , the Learning Compass platform and the Digital Workplace Community. The volume of trainings and learning sessions available in those two environments is simply incredible.
The Learning Compass has definitely been helpful to make my first steps in the company. In some way, I felt like having been taken by the hand to go through the “ritual”. The list of the required trainings had been set by my manager. Everything has been put in place to integrate employees and make them understand the big line of the corporate structure. And this gave me the kind of “this day is going well” feeling. In all cases, the Learning Compass is the useful tool to get new skills from scratch or either intend to give a new turn to your career. The last training that I’ve followed? -Leading Virtual Teams, which is particularly necessary this year with those specifics working conditions.
The Digital Workplace Community, on the other side is the place to be to get some tips and tricks on your daily use of common softwares and systems. And I swear that even if you’re an expert on the MS Office Suite, you WILL always learn something, or why not, face some colleagues’ questions that will change your perspective on some problems. And it’s never hard to find the skill boost session that will clear your head and help you to breath a bit after 2 hours spent in data analysis! Why not making a weekly personal routine of that?