Learning in the Workplace Survey: Results

Here are the latest results of the Learning in the Workplace survey taken by over 4,000 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 and red figures 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  11 30  57 87
 2 Web search for resources (eg Google) 2 18 32 48 80
 3 General conversations and meetings  2 19 39 40 79
 4 Personal & professional networks and communities 3  22 38 37 75
 5 External blogS and news feeds 11  28  37 24 61
6 Content curated from external sources 9 33 37 21 58
 7 Self-directed study of external courses  13 34 35 18 52
 8 Internal company documents  13 40 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.

*Who took the survey?

  • Sex: Male: 40%; Female : 60%
  • Age: <30 : 7%, 31-40 : 27%,  41-50: 33%, 51-60 : 26%; >60 : 7%
  • Job type: Non-managerial+other: 52%, line managers: 8%; middle: 20%, senior: 20%
  • Function: 49% HR/L&D, 51% from all other functions (incl 9% IT, 5% Sales & Marketing)
  • Industry: 35% edu-related; 65% non-edu related (incl 10% technology, 12% Government, 9% financial services, 5% healthcare, 4% retail)
  • Organisation size: 64% from orgs with more than 250 people, evenly split between other org sizes
  • Location: In 55 countries incl USA (32%), Australia (12%), Canada (7%), UK (20%) and other countries in Europe, South America & Asia

Note: The full data will be available in my upcoming book, Modern Workplace Learning