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Study Proclaims Learners' Love for Collaboration

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Collaboration apparently is king for all staff when it comes to learning, according to new research that originates in the U.K.

Ninety-one percent of respondents say that team collaboration is either essential or very useful for learning what they need for their job. That number rises to 96 percent for those who have been in the company for less than six months, but drops to 84 percent for those in sales roles.

Additionally, 80 percent of staff are willing to share what they know with their peers. This rises to 96 percent for those new to their role and drops slightly for those over the age of 50, to 70 percent. However, when it comes to sharing online, 15 percent of managers and sales staff and 26 percent of new starters say they’d like help in getting started.

The study also shows that formal learning still has an important role to play in helping staff do their jobs better. While the classroom is not dead, neither is online learning, with 50 percent of the respondents rating e-learning courses, mobile learning and live online learning as “essential or very useful” to help them learn what they need to do their job. In fact, 75 percent are motivated to learn online because they want to do their job faster and better, with half looking for a promotion, or just to learn for personal development.

Other quick facts from “The Learner Voice Part 2” report:
>> While three in five struggle to find the time to learn on line, two in five can’t find what they need or think that current offerings are not relevant to their need.
>> Line managers and new starters are most likely people to learn online when travelling to and from work (56 percent and 59 percent, respectively).
>> Sales people are most likely to learn at the point of need (49 percent).
>> This sample shows few significant generational differences with older and younger both showing similar rankings when rating the usefulness of online, face to face and collaborative practices for learning
>> Older staff are twice as likely to find poor technology a barrier to learning online that their younger peers in the same sample (29 percent vs. 16 percent). Younger people are 50 percent more likely to struggle with not finding what they need (45 percent vs. 29 percent).
>> Younger staff members are twice as likely to want to learn online for personal benefits than older staff/
>> Eighty-one percent of all staff say that manager support is essential/very useful for learning what they need for their job, but
>> Only 58 percent agree their manager makes time for them to learn at work,
>> Only 33 percent agree that objectives are discussed with managers prior to learning, and
>> Only 49 percent agree their managers expect them to apply learning after a course.
>> Understanding how staff learn what they need to do their job is a core characteristic of top learning organizations, however only 36 percent of L&D professionals do this.

—Download the full report: www.towardsmaturity.org/learnervoice2

 

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