Knowledge sharing. Seems like a straightforward business term, doesn’t it? Share the stuff you know. Have you ever stopped to think about how much “knowledge” is in the room? Or how to extract it? Your employees, co-workers, mentors, managers, executive team, etc. bring with them all of the knowledge that they’ve gained not only during their current position, but also every position they have had up to this point. Add to that their education and personal experiences, and you may not need to look outside of your company for a certain expertise you may think you are lacking.
At this point, you may be asking yourself:
- How do we know what skills and expertise our employees have?
- How do we know what knowledge we want to extract?
- How do we share that knowledge across team members, departments?
Purposeful knowledge sharing can be extremely effective for companies of any size. Here are 3 tips if you are considering implementing knowledge sharing at your company:
- Consider changing or rotating teams. Working with the same team for years on end can definitely lead to a stagnant situation. Mix up teams and personalities to inspire creativity and new work habits.
- Use knowledge sharing for outgoing or retiring employees. When an employee leaves your company, have a process in place to capture their company knowledge.
- Knowledge Sharing Tool: If you are part of a large company, a knowledge sharing tool which captures employees’ skills and expertise may be ideal. A “social” database connects employees from across departments and demographics. This can save time and money traveling and paying for “experts” to conduct training.
Have you implemented a formal knowledge sharing process at your company? We’d love to hear about it! Feel free to leave your comments in the section below.