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) 3 17 32 48 80
 3 General conversations and meetings  2 19 39 40 79
 4 Personal & professional networks and communities 3  23 38 36 74
 5 External blogS and news feeds 12 30  36 22 58
6 Content curated from external sources 9 34 37 20 57
 7 Self-directed study of external courses  13 35 35 17 52
 8 Internal company documents  13 38 31 18 49
 9 Internal job aids 19  36 30 15 45
 10 Company training/e-learning 22  39 23 16 39

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: 42%; Female : 58%
  • Age: <30 : 8%, 31-40 : 27%,  41-50: 34%, 51-60 : 27%; >60 : 6%
  • Job type: Non-managerial+other: 51%, line managers: 9%; middle: 20%, senior: 20%
  • Function: 52% HR/L&D, 49% from all other functions (incl 9% IT, 5% Sales & Marketing)
  • Industry: 32% edu-related; 67% non-edu related (incl 10% technology, 11% Government, 9% financial services, 9% healthcare, 4% retail)
  • Organisation size: 64% from orgs with more than 250 people, evenly split between other org sizes
  • Location: In 61 countries including USA (30%), UK (19%), Australia (11%), Canada (7%),  India (5%), Netherlands (3%) and Germany (3%), and other countries in Europe, South America & Asia