- Forbes reports that The WorkRoom, a startup marketplace in San Francisco, is giving experts from other technology partner firms a space to host and share employee training content. So far Airbnb, Uber, Eero and Mixpanel have joined the effort. Companies such as PayPal, Square, Zoom and Twilio are already using the platform for training efforts.
- CEO Ted Blosser told Forbes that The WorkRoom is meeting with other companies that want to have a space (much like GitHub) where they can share employee training that's task-focused.
- The idea for The WorkRoom is to organize learning shared by experts across multiple fields, which can help elevate brand awareness.
Collaborative, open learning is nothing new. But, the way that it gets shared needs to change. In the past, organizations held on to learning content out of fear of losing control over proprietary processes or methods. Information was held in silos and difficult to do anything with. Now, there is a real push for sharing certain task-based learning with other companies, especially as social learning continues to grow.
Such programs are not usually attempted on a cross-organizational level, so it will be interesting to see how talent will cooperate and develop a central learning space for all to share. Training content that focuses on the core skills of the most in-demand technical workforce talent can raise the bar higher for the market. It can also be used as a guide for those who work as contractors to hone their skills.
Near universal internet access in the work world has vastly improved learning offerings overall. From MOOCs to bite-sized videos, innovation connecting learners across various platforms and geographies has improved employee development ROI.