Even when trainees leave network training with goals and strategies that will address their network development needs they may face barriers when they return to work that can derail their network development. It is important for employees and organizations to be aware of these barriers and to find ways to overcome them in order to make the most of their network training and improve the effectiveness of their networks.
Recent research by Dr. Kristin Cullen-Lester (Network Leader Co-founder and Chief People Scientist) and coauthors call attention to common barriers trainees face. Here we focus on 3 barriers trainees have and what trainees and organizations should do to address them.
Barrier 1: Feeling uncomfortable and inauthentic initiating new connections.
Barrier 2: Having limited time and opportunities to network (especially when in a virtual or hybrid work role).
Barrier 3: Struggling to identify whom to connect with and how to follow through to develop their relationships.
Both trainees and organizations have a role to play in removing the barriers that will derail trainees' efforts to turn what they’ve learned in network training into a more effective network!
Read more about the research here.