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Why learning & personal development is so important

Working in a self-organizing organization demands a lot from people in terms of taking ownership over their career, personal leadership & development, work management, and organization skills. You have a lot of autonomy and authority to make far-reaching decisions within your roles, for which certain business skills are good to have.

We expect you will learn a lot from the moment you join us, and a lot of that learning will happen quite naturally on the job and by interacting with your colleagues. We hope you will never stop learning and developing yourself because it is an essential component of workplace happiness. We have noticed a positive effect on colleague happiness at the workplace once they actively started their learning cycle.

Autonomy & Ownership

  • What do you want and need to learn?
  • What are your ambitions?
  • What are the strengths you want to develop?

There is only one person who can answer those questions: you. If you get stuck on this, there are plenty of roles that can help you figure this out.

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You are the creator of your own learning path!

Voys will facilitate and support you along the way by creating plenty of space, time and opportunities to learn and grow.

Learning possibilities within the organization

Several roles organize company-wide courses and training opportunities that you can attend/sign up for. These courses/ training opportunities are free for every colleague to join, and thus will not make a dent in your personal study budget. There also might be a reason to do a circle-based training which will also be provided by the organization. Do you need ideas, do you want to see what kinds of courses/training opportunities have taken place, or do you want to organize something yourself? Take a look at these databases:

Because we want you to develop and grow you have a personal πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“Study budget of €1500,- (full-time basis) each year.

If you organize something for a group of people or a circle, or if you have taken a training yourself please put it in the πŸ‘©β€πŸ« Training database.

Three types of learning

There are different ways to learn, know that there are 3 types of learning to consider. Namely individual, informal, and formal. We encourage you to explore all three!

  1. Individual - happens in our daily work, setting private learning goals, through self-reflection, ambition plans, observing others, and also just 'meters maken' (gaining experience).
    1. πŸ“’ Reflection Journal
    2. 🌿Reflection & ambition cycle
  2. Informal - sharing our learnings with others; peer-to-peer learning or coaching, 'how can I improve this?', sharing experiences, code reviews.
    1. πŸ•Pizza session & techsnacks
    2. πŸ—£οΈCoaching (external)
  3. Formal - trainings, lectures, courses, seminars etc.
    1. πŸ‘©β€πŸ« Training database
    2. πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ“Study budget

The lines between the three can get blurry from time to time. This is fine! Most times these three types of learning go hand in hand.

All in all

Take ownership of how and what you want to learn and which skills you want to develop with the given tools. Make a plan and execute accordingly, and don’t be discouraged when you have to adjust your learning curve. Ask for help if you get stuck.

Share the training, share the learning

Have you taken a course or training individually? Please please add this in the Training database. It might give fellow colleagues a head start with their own development. They also don’t have to introduce Voys with the external party, which can be beneficial and time-saving.

Next to all that, it also lets other colleagues know how the course/training has been. Did it live up to expectations, what was the course about and how many colleagues participated in this?

All this is valuable information that we can use to optimize our learning and development program 😊

If you like the training feel free to share your knowledge. By sharing your knowledge, you give your colleagues also the opportunity to learn or get more engaged. A πŸ•Pizza session & techsnacks is an ideal moment for this!