Here are the latest results of the 6th Annual Learning in the Workplace survey from over 5,000* respondents around the world. The list below ranks the importance (value/usefulness) of the 12 different ways of learning in the workplace by their combined Very Important + Essential scores. The red figures are where the most responses were received in each category. (If you haven’t taken the survey, you can do so HERE.)
|Rank||Results of the Learning in the Workplace survey
|1||Daily work experiences (ie doing the day job)||1||6||27||66||93|
|2||Knowledge sharing within your team||1||9||30||60||90|
|3||Web search (eg Google)||5||16||29||50||79|
|4||Manager feedback and guidance||7||18||40||35||75|
|5||Web resources (eg videos, podcasts, articles)||4||23||38||35||73|
|6||Professional networks and communities||4||25||41||30||71|
|7||Coach or mentor feedback and guidance||8||28||41||23||64|
|8||Internal resources (eg documents, guides, etc)||8||32||35||25||60|
|9||Blogs and news feeds||10||35||33||22||56|
|10||E-Learning (eg online courses for self-study)||21||41||23||15||38|
|11||Conferences and other professional events||16||49||31||4||35|
The 4 most valued ways of learning at, for or through work are Daily work experiences, Knowledge sharing with teams as well as use of Web resources and Web search. These are all self-organised (and self-managed) “non-designed” forms of learning.
“Designed” and “organised” learning initiatives like Classroom training and E-Learning as well as internally-produced resources sit at the bottom of the list along with Conferences and other events. Whilst managers and coaches fall squarely in the middle of the results.
What does this all mean? It means there is a need
(a) not only to modernise designed-learning experiences to ensure they are relevant and appropriate for today’s busy people
(b) but also to enable and support the most valued ways of learning at work – the self-organised and self-managed learning – that takes place inside and outside of the workplace, as well as help managers (in particular) to take a more active part in the development of their people.
For more, see Centre for Modern Workplace Learning.
*Breakdown of demographics
- Countries: From 63 countries around the world, including USA 27%, UK 24%, Australia 9%, Canada 7%, New Zealand 6%, Germany 5%
- Industries: Education 27%, Government 10%, Financial Services 10%, Healthcare 6%, Technology 6%
- Organisation size: 250+ people 64%, 51-250 people 13%
- Function: HR/L&D 59%, IT 6%
- Job type: Non-managerial 39%, Senior manager 21%, Middle manager 19%,Line manager 9%
- Age: 41-50 36%, 31-40 24%, 51-60 24%, <30 7%, >60 6%
- Sex: Female 62%, Male 38%