Summary: Here at IC, we are always trying out different workplace engagement ideas, and recently renewed our commitment to a weekly “Lunch and Learn” program.
The concept is simple, each Friday, one or more employees commits to presenting a learning topic to all staff to hopefully spark conversation and/or provide insight to staff who may not be aware of the topic being delivered. Topics need not be work-related, though a majority have some applicability to work in terms of a technology or technique we can adopt to increase workplace efficiency, promote a healthier lifestyle, or simply increase awareness of the topic within the organization.
Our lunch and learn program is managed and advertised via the company training calendar and employees who register to attend are eligible to take part in a catered lunch from a local restaurant. Lunch orders are managed by our office coordinator via the online forms application with a simple lunch order form with a link to the online menu from the restaurant of choice.
Over the course of the past few weeks we’ve learned about software containerization with “Docker for Dummies” (development topic), the benefits and challenges of using IC Source over SharePoint (sales and support), and how to build habit-forming products with the “The Hooked Framework” (market and product development).
Part of the success for this renewed program is the openness of our combined lunch room and social space which allows us to seat the entire staff in an area equipped with a smart television used to broadcast the presentation.
Staff have eagerly participated in open discussions on the topic being delivered, which has added to the success of the new Lunch and Learn program. The IC staff have an active contingent of employees who train in a variety of sports, so in the coming weeks I’ll deliver a lunch and learn on the topic of triathlon training, racing and recovery, something that I’m passionate about.