Over the past few years a number of studies have come out promoting the notion that between a range of 70%-80% of employee learning happens informally. I have personally seen this trend when tracking employee development hours at organizations I have worked for. Most of employees’ self-reported learning comes through informal methods like job shadowing, mentoring and networking with peers. Surprisingly, to date, little effort or resources have been dedicated to promoting and enabling informal learning within organizations. That’s why when the 2015 CLO Learning Outlook Survey was published earlier this year, it was great to see that training and development and HR professionals are putting informal learning and knowledge management at the top of their list of employee development priorities.
The survey highlighted a number of areas specifically around informal learning, knowledge management and competency development. Here are some key takeaways:
- Respondents say informal learning and knowledge management are the top two topics that the training industry should be paying more attention to
- Informal learning and competencies were 2 of the top 3 areas respondents said would have an impact on overall organizational performance in 2015
- Informal learning solutions and virtual classrooms were 2 of the top 5 areas that will see increased spend in 2015
- Almost 70% of respondents believe that their organizations will adopt new training techniques in 2015
To take a look at the complete survey, go here: CLO Learning Outlook 2015