Keep On Trying!

Watch how this method is used

Doing it Right
Doing it Wrong

Do you recall learning how to cycle? You may read up everything to do with cycling, but until you get onto the bicycle, you will never learn to cycle.

Likewise, at work, there are skills that can only be learnt from experience. What works for your colleague may not necessarily work for you. In such instances, trial and error is your best teacher.

The focus of this workplace learning method is to give you a few tips on what you should keep in mind when you have to learn through trial and error.

Here are some tips that will help you learn through trial and error:

  1. Be clear about the skill you want to learn
  2. Review your work after each try
  3. Ask yourself what went right and what went wrong
  4. Modify your technique based on what you believe can solve the issue
  5. Try again to verify if your new technique is correct
  6. Repeat the process until you get it right

  1. Organisation / management
    • Provide incentives for employees to learn by trying new ways of doing their jobs better
    • Put in systems that do not punish mistakes but allow employees to experiment and learn

  2. Workplace ‘trainer’
    • Understand that there are some skills that require lots of practice to perfect them

    • Give room for employees to make mistakes and learn from them

    • Help employees learn by asking reflective questions and providing pointers on errors that employee is making

    • Praise employees for visible improvement

    • Encourage employees to continue trying when they are discouraged

  3. Workplace ‘learner’
    • Do not wait too long between each trial as you may forget what you have learnt
    • Allow room for random exploration as it may lead to success
    • Be curious and question your assumptions – It may lead to breakthroughs in solving issues to improve performance