Informal workplace learning • Profiling Institute

Informal workplace learning • Profiling Institute

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We never stop learning – a saying many people will probably agree with. But we also learn more every day, in addition to other trainings or seminars that we attend after school, study or training. Informal learning takes place everywhere in everyday life. How exactly does informal learning work in the workplace? What exactly is informal learning?

informal learning

Before discussing informal learning in the workplace, informal learning is first defined. In general, non-formal learning means all of these Learning that is not institutionally organized (i.e. not in school, university, training, further education, etc.) and therefore also it is not bound to times, places or specific activities Is a unstructured in everyday life. Informal learning is not only found at work, but also in free time, with family and friends. So it is possible in every context of life or happens in everyone. However, that also means that it does no certificates or proof of acquired knowledge exists, which can be used to demonstrate what they have learned.

Primarily fine skills they usually learn and train this way because it works easily and often intuitively in everyday contexts. But even if you profession taking a problem into one’s own hands and solving it is informal learning. Just like when you watch a video to fix something and do it according to this tutorial. Informal learning takes place everywhere in our daily lives.

Positive and negative sides

Informal learning at work, but also in other areas of life, has many advantages. That’s the maximum practical, because it is immediately obtained and used in practice. In this way, the acquired knowledge can be used immediately and can be used without problems in the future.

In the same way, informal learning is an advantage it costs no money, while training and seminars are often associated with high costs. These do not apply to informal learning as it happens in everyday life.

However, there is also a disadvantage that has already been mentioned. This is it no deed or certificate about what they learned. As a result, the skills learned are not as easy to demonstrate as skills learned in a seminar.

However, knowledge and skills acquired through informal learning can still be helpful in the job application processbecause it can be done in letter of request find his place. Here all these things can be stated and supported by examples.

Informal learning at work

Now we come to the topic of informal learning in the workplace. The results of American scientists show how important it is Model 70-20-10 have shaped. This states that 70 percent of workers acquire skills through informal learning would happen. 20 percent would be acquired through the immediate professional environment and only 10 percent through further and further education. but what forms of informal learning is he there at work Some forms are given below:

  • Read professional books/magazines
  • Visit fairs, events or congresses
  • Exchange ideas with and get to know other departments, areas, colleagues, customers, etc
  • supervision or coaching
  • Observe and try
  • Learn from your peers
  • More responsibility
  • Get trained or instructed by colleagues or superiors
  • Self-learning programs (using a computer)
  • job change

It was clarified how important informal learning can be in the workplace and what exactly it can be. Now the question is how informal learning in the workplace can work optimally and how it can be implemented.

First they have to workplace conditions to be given There would be one possibility premises to create, which are only used for learning, developing ideas, discussion, etc. This space should then also be equipped with suitable material to support the processes. A flipchart is useful, as are internet access and other materials such as books or flashcards.

It can also be one of the workplace requirements employees concept informal learning for example through workshops or courses and explain them.

In any case, it is also important initiative employees. Without them, informal learning cannot take place. Employees should be motivated to independently find solutions to problems that arise, instead of just trusting someone else to do it. However, this does not mean that there are none Exchange between colleagues on the contrary, he should give This is also important. If you want to solve a problem and you know a colleague can do it, it’s a good idea to ask for help and have someone explain how the problem can be solved. This is how you expand your own knowledge.

Employers can do this Exchange through regular meetings across teams and departments are support financially. If there is an informal atmosphere in such meetings, colleagues can easily engage in conversation and exchange ideas. This is how you get in touch, get to know other people and benefit from their knowledge. The exchange can also go further over Use and expansion of technical communication possibilities be promoted. This makes contact easier, for example through chats or forums.

and technical and digital possibilities it can serve not only to establish contact with colleagues, but it can also serve specifically for informal learning. Videos, blogs, forums and more on the Internet offer opportunities for further education and increasing your own knowledge.


Informal workplace learning, then, yes Important, also on the background of the 70-20-10 model. What this informal learning at work looks like can be very different. In each case, self motivation workers important to support this learning. But he can too further measures promote informal learning in the workplace. If you want to get points in the app with what you’ve learned, you should use yours Acquired skills and competences with examples in the application clarify. But informal learning does not only play a role in the workplace, but also everywhere in everyday life. Anyone who is curious and always trying new things is a constant learner, without a course, further training or further education.

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