Finding time to put yourself and your development first is something that all too often gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list as you juggle the everyday demands of work and home life. A bit like exercising more or eating more healthily – taking the time to think about what you want to achieve in your career and wider life, and the expertise you’d like to develop to take you there – it’s something we know we should do, but it can be hard to find the time and motivation to commit to it.
At Post Office we aim to ensure that everyone is supported to reach their full potential – and we expect everyone to take control of their own development, seizing opportunities and helping to create a business they want to be part of.
“I often challenge people to think of their own personal ‘North Star”, said Tracey Lloyd, one of the Post Office Learning Partners who has been part of the team running several workshops across the business to help inspire people’s learning and career ambitions, through really taking ownership of their learning goals with a personal development plan.
“If you can really hone in on your personal dreams and turn them into goals, this will motivate you to achieve them and seek out the learning opportunities that will help to get you there. Try not to think of completing a development plan as a chore – it’s something that really can give you the motivation to think about what you want, and how you can develop to be the very best version of yourself”.
Learning for Post Office colleagues
The learning opportunities that Post Office provides for colleagues are all outlined in the new ‘Everything Learning’ website, with three approaches available. There’s a rich assortment of learning opportunities you can discover online, from courses, video ‘how to’s’ to improve your digital skills to TedTalks and much more. All the learning we have is designed to meet the learning needs to help you do your job, as well as help you grow your professional knowledge, skills and competencies and is available online, be it through SuccessFactors or Learning for All.
If we can’t provide what you need, your next consideration would be an Apprenticeship. We have an ever-developing and expanding range of available apprenticeships which offer many exciting opportunities to train and learn on the job. And if there isn’t an apprenticeship which would give you the development you need, please talk to your Line Manager. Learning Partners have been established to help develop and deliver the strategic learning plans for specific business areas, and would help seek out and agree appropriate external learning. You can read more about them and their learning inspiration here.
Supporting our agency branches
As well as the compliance training that’s necessary for anyone working in a Post Office to complete, Post Office offers a wealth of learning opportunities for all Postmasters and their teams to access, via our online learning portal. Here you can find a broad range of online courses and other resources designed to meet your needs and help you grow your professional knowledge, skills and competencies. This site has been created to give flexibility so people can learn at their own pace from anywhere and on any device, and covers area such as Leadership & Management, Personal Growth and Growing your Business.
So whatever the role you play at Post Office, there’s learning on offer to support you be the very best you – in Learning at Work Week, and beyond.