Knowledge transfer is now a critical issue for many companies. In these slides, we look at how a knowledge transfer template facilitated through the company intranet is one very practical tool that can help with this important topic.
2. Knowledge transfer is now a critical issue for many companies.
With the baby boomer generation currently retiring in their droves,
the organizational spotlight has well and truly been thrown
on knowledge management.
Finding effective ways to transfer the accumulated
company knowledge of baby boomers or any departing
employee is now more important than ever.
And in today’s sophisticated and complex digital workplaces, a quick
chat with an outgoing colleague is no longer sufficient. Businesses
need to develop smarter, more systematic ways to capture and
transfer all that key data and information.
In these slides, we look at how a knowledge transfer template
facilitated through the company intranet is one very practical tool
that can help in this important battle.
3. WHAT IS KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER?
Knowledge transfer is the processes by which organizations share and exchange
knowledge, expertise, specific occupational information and accumulated wisdom
between colleagues and employees.
There are different types of organizational knowledge:
Explicit knowledge is the step-by-step processes one needs to complete a specific task.
This type of knowledge is comparatively easy to transfer, usually in the form of manuals,
databases or standard operating procedures.
Tacit knowledge, however, refers to on-the-job experiences, accumulated wisdom and insights
and is much more difficult to capture and transfer.
An effective organizational knowledge transfer system needs to address both forms of
knowledge, which are of equal importance.
4. Think for a moment about what would happen in your business if a key member of staff
was to suddenly leave before a handover could occur? Could your company transition a
colleague into the role with the minimum amount of impact on key deliverables?
For far too many companies the answer to these questions is at best, perhaps, and at
What’s more, it’s estimated that up to 10,000 baby boomers are retiring every day in the
US. Those currently retiring or approaching retirement have often been with the same
employer for many years. As a result, they have a wealth of tangible and intangible
knowledge, expertise and wisdom.
Businesses can no longer ignore the issue of knowledge management. Its potential impact
on productivity, competitiveness and the efficient and effective management of
operations is obvious.
But with so much already on the corporate to-do list, how do companies begin to tackle this
important issue? It doesn’t have to be a tortuous process.
Using your existing company intranet, it’s possible to set up a knowledge transfer
template that will be a very important first step on the road to effective management
of knowledge transfer.
WHY KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER
5. HOW TO CREATE A
KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER TEMPLATE
What exactly is a knowledge transfer template?
Essentially it’s a list of questions or areas that need to be captured for
an effective transfer of knowledge.
It can be as detailed or as simple as you like depending on the role or
project. It could take the form of a straightforward checklist, or it might
have multiple layers of detail.
A knowledge transfer template, for example, could be created using an
intranet’s drag and drop forms builder.
One of the benefits of using this approach is that you can make sure that
before the form is submitted, all of the required template fields have been
filled out. You could also use a simple workflow to manage the review and
then sign off that the knowledge transfer was completed satisfactorily.
Alternatively, you can utilize an intranet-embedded G Suite or Office
365 app to create an Excel-style spreadsheet as your template.
The great advantage of embedding a Google or MS Office app in this way
is that important contextual information can be conveyed alongside the
template. This could be instructions on how to complete the template
through to links to key documents and files relating to the knowledge being
transferred, or even how-to videos and podcasts.
6. WHAT INFORMATION NEEDS TO BE INCLUDED
Obviously, a lot depends on the role or specific knowledge that is being transferred. However, it’s likely there
will be a broad range of information in common and so it’s possible to create a standardized template that
is capable of being tweaked to reflect specific functions or roles.
The following areas are likely to be found across a broad range of roles and projects:
7. Name Name of skill, task or knowledge area.
Basic Information Basic information on who is completing the knowledge transfer and any special transition or handover arrangements.
The objectives of the role and key responsibilities, including any direct reports.
Information on deliverables, such as a full list of work in progress and a project or task status report for all deliverables including
those that have not yet been started.
A schedule of meetings – dates, times and attendees for all regular meetings and an intranet link to the database of minutes and
Contacts A full list of key relationships and contacts both internal and external.
Information on any internal or external compliance and reporting requirements.
Details on where key information is stored and how it can be accessed. Usually, this will be elsewhere on the intranet and so there
needs to be a link to the relevant page where all the essential reference material, standard operating procedures, policy documents,
manuals and so on are stored.
Budgetary information including personal reporting responsibilities as well as the overall team or project financials.
Risks Details on the management and mitigation of risks that are assigned to the role and the wider team.
This reflects the need to transfer tacit wisdom as well as hard facts and figures. It’s an opportunity to pass on the accumulated
insights, understanding and expertise that the current job holder possesses.
This list is not exhaustive, but offers a starting point for you to think about the kind of knowledge that needs to be captured and transferred.
Download a Microsoft Word version of the knowledge transfer template here: knowledge transfer template.docx
8. TIMING OF COMPLETION
As well as utilizing knowledge transfer templates to
capture and pass on organizational knowledge,
some companies are also using them as a means of
managing the workflow of teams and projects.
Other companies complete knowledge transfer
templates when a post holder is about to retire or
leave the organization or the staff member may
have moved on to a new role with a different team.
It’s also a good idea, where practical, to get staff
members to complete a knowledge transfer template
perhaps every 12 months to safeguard against
unforeseen staff departures such as ill health.
9. KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER METHODS
Another important aspect to consider when developing your knowledge transfer template is the different learning styles apparent in the workplace.
Visual learners prefer pictures and diagrams and so videos, webinars and infographics will be useful transfer tools for these types of learners.
Auditory learners prefer to listen to information and so podcasts are the obvious means to engage with these learners.
Other staff members will be reading and writing learners who will have a natural preference for quizzes, checklists and wikis.
Finally, kinesthetic learners prefer to acquire knowledge by doing and so simulations and role play, as well as mentorships will appeal to this group.
Your organization’s knowledge transfer template will need to address these different learning styles and should offer a variety of ways to transfer to the
recipient the knowledge required to perform their role.
10. KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER TEMPLATE:
SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE
If your organization understands the importance of knowledge
management but is struggling with the complexities, then
developing a template is a relatively simple way to take a step
Easily achievable using the company intranet, a knowledge
transfer template means that your business will be taking
advantage of all that priceless organizational know-how,
ensuring smooth transitioning and succession planning as
well as safeguarding the continued delivery of operations.
Get started on developing your knowledge transfer template today.
Get in touch with us here at MyHub to discover how the
MyHub intranet can support the effective transfer of
knowledge in your business.