I Seek, I Find

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When we think about research, we think about scientific experiments and learning through trial and error.

However, at a simpler level, we do research quite often in our daily lives! For example, you were tasked at work to learn about and execute something that is new to your department or organisation and where your knowledge of this new thing is insufficient for your needs.

In such instances, you have to learn by inquiring and exploring new concepts and ideas. In other words, doing your own research is something we all do to learn in order to perform at the workplace.

The focus of this workplace learning method is to give you a few tips on what you can do when you have to do your own research.

Here are some tips that will help you as you do your own research:

  1. Ask many questions
  2. Be open to new ideas
  3. Seek your answers from multiple sources
  4. Develop alternative solutions
  5. Analyse the alternatives for the best solution
  6. Validate your solution before implementation

  1. Organisation / management
    • Promote an open learning culture by providing opportunities for staff to learn and grow
    • Create an environment that makes staff feel safe to ask questions and explore outside organisational boundaries

  2. Workplace ‘trainer’
    • Allow employees to explore beyond usual boundaries

    • Be open to new ideas and ways of doing things

    • Obtain regular updates from employees

    • Ask employees ‘why’ questions to promote deeper analysis and thinking

  3. Workplace ‘learner’
    • Consult experts within and outside your organisation
    • Seek to understand the ‘whys’ and not just the ‘hows’
    • Try not to take things at face value