Learning in the Workplace Survey: Results

Here are the latest results of the Learning in the Workplace survey taken by over 5,000 people worldwide*, who rated the importance (value/usefulness) of 10 different ways of learning in the workplace, and ranked by their combined Very Important + Essential scores. The red shaded areas highlight where the most responses have been received,

Rank Results of the Learning in the Workplace survey
at C4LPT.co.uk
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 1 Knowledge sharing within your team  2  10 30  58 88
 2 Web search for resources (eg Google) 2 18 32 48 80
 3 General conversations and meetings  2 19 40 39 79
 4 Personal & professional networks and communities 3  22 39 36 75
 5 External blogS and news feeds 11 30  37 23 59
6 Content curated from external sources 9 34 37 20 57
 7 Self-directed study of external courses  13 34 35 18 53
 8 Internal company documents  14 39 30 17 47
 9 Internal job aids  20  36 29 15 44
 10 Company training/e-learning 23  40 22 15 37

These results show that company training/e-learning is the lowest rated way to learn at work, and knowledge sharing within teams (together with other autonomous/self-organised ways of learning) are the most valued ways to learn at work.

What does this all mean? It means we need to take a whole new approach to supporting learning in the workplace learning means. It means not just providing modern training but also promoting everyday learning. Find out more in my new book Modern Workplace Learning: A resource book for L&D

*Who took the survey?

  • Sex: Male: 40%; Female : 60%
  • Age: <30 : 8%, 31-40 : 27%,  41-50: 34%, 51-60 : 26%; >60 : 7%
  • Job type: Non-managerial+other: 51%, line managers: 9%; middle: 20%, senior: 20%
  • Function: 49% HR/L&D, 51% from all other functions (incl 9% IT, 5% Sales & Marketing)
  • Industry: 33% edu-related; 67% non-edu related (incl 11% technology, 12% Government, 9% financial services, 5% healthcare, 4% retail)
  • Organisation size: 63% from orgs with more than 250 people, evenly split between other org sizes
  • Location: In 58 countries including USA (31%), UK (19%), Australia (11%), Canada (7%), Netherlands (4%) and Germany (4%), and other countries in Europe, South America & Asia