The rise of new technology like smartphones, tablets, e-courses and social media means the opportunities for informal learning have never been more abundant. People are constantly on the move, and informal learning opportunities can help them weave professional development into their schedules when it's convenient for them.
Recent research shows that at least 80% of all workplace learning is informal, which means employees are taking advantage of self-directed education. It's the perfect time for organizations to pivot from the traditional 70:20:10 learning model and get creative when it comes to improving employee performance through informal or blended learning programs.
But there's a dilemma here. We have to figure out:
- How to track and infuse accountability into the independent learning that employees are seeking out and completing on their own time
- How to apply what they learn to their roles, and
- How to encourage them to continue taking initiative. Preparing for informal learning needs to involve all levels of your organization, from the C-Suite to the front line staff.
Harnessing the Power of Informal Learning
Are you ready to embrace informal learning in your workplace? We've teamed up learning and development rockstar/expert/all-around great person Julie Winkle Giulioni to create a useful checklist to help you figure out how your organization can embrace this new development in learning culture to best support your learners.
Here's what you'll learn from the checklist:
- The four hallmarks of informal learning-ready organizations
- A step-by-step framework to prepare for informal learning
- Why it helps to identify early adopters and contributors to build momentum
- How to start offering informal learning and experiential learning opportunities
Informal learning is going to happen in your organization no matter what, but it thrives in environments that value growth. The most effective organizations take the time to reflect on their performance, assess their foundation and then take continuous action to improve.
Download and complete the Informal Learning: Organizational Readiness Assessment to help your workplace support development and redefine its learning culture to improve employee performance-from top-level leadership to the front lines.