I remember times when I was studying for the university exams. Looking back, I think it was one of the least effective ways to learn something. Those times were full of fear, stress, and rush. No wonder I don't remember many things I learned while preparing for exams.
With that being said, learning loses its point when there is external pressure; the same applies to any intellectual work but especially learning. A learning environment is as vital as a learning technique. For an average person, deliberate practice works better when there is no pressure:
- You have comfortable living and working conditions.
- You eat healthy food and have enough activity.
- Your mind is clear from disturbing thoughts.
- You have close ones who support you.
Knowing this fact is helpful for onboarding and mentoring new team members. Newcomers need to learn many things, most of which are company-specific. In some companies, management expects quick results from new employees. Such expectations create a terrible environment for learning. Onboarding people is a slow process by nature, so expecting immediate value from newcomers is naive. Pressuring them will cause the employee turnover rate to increase.
An excellent learning environment can be a part of company culture. Companies with such a culture usually are perfect for career growth. It allows these companies to increase their human capital and progress faster. With no pressure, they have a higher chance to stay longer on the market.