Many traditional organisations continue to use classroom learning as their primary learning and development technique. While there are many benefits of this mode of training, there are also certain gaps or voids which this model cannot fill. These gaps, are industrial interaction and exposure.
To fill this gap, Magicbricks started its ‘Lecture Series’. This HR initiative involves top speakers from various fields, such as marketing, sales, and HR, who come and share their experiences with the workforce of Magicbricks. They talk about the challenges they faced and how they were able to overcome them. They also discuss the new and upcoming trends, which will make a difference in the coming times.
Already into its third edition, every season of the Lecture Series till now has witnessed around 10-12 speakers, who are invited to the Magicbricks office every fortnight, to speak about their experiences. Around four to five themes are selected, on which these speakers illuminate the audience. Each theme is covered by about four to five speakers. As Magicbricks is an online startup, the HR team tries to invite people who have experienced working in a start-up culture.
“We invite people from various fields and backgrounds. We believe that the kind of learning, interaction and development that you get from such industry exposure cannot be achieved through classroom training,” says Anil Misra, CHRO, Magicbricks.
Nobody is forced to attend the ‘Lecture Series’. Those who are willing can attend; there is no compulsion.
“We invite people from various fields and backgrounds. We believe that the kind of learning, interaction and development that you get from such industry exposure cannot be achieved through classroom training”
“We invite employees. If they want to attend, fair enough, otherwise we do not force or even follow up after sending an invite. There are only 30 seats available at the lecture,” shares Misra.
Magicbricks has been trying innovative ways to engage its employees, with special focus on learning and development, employee engagement among other things. HRKatha reported about the ‘Value 2.0’ programme at Magicbricks a few months back.
Whether big or small, such innovative and encouraging initiatives are required to keep employees engaged and ensure that they learn and gain in some way.