Companies are becoming savvier with every new, social technology that enters the market to help their employees work easier, more remotely, and on-the-go. These technologies do not just exist for improving communications –  these tools are also applicable to employee development.

In a recent article by CLO media, the author discusses how informal learning has emerged as a critical element in employee development. The piece also cites that collaborative tools and technology help to facilitate this process.  Of course, we see this often with our clients.  We have been implementing collaboration and informal learning into the employee training regimen for years – and not because we are “cutting edge” per se, but because we truly believe it is the most effective way to inspire learning.

“Forward-thinking companies realize that while corporate training continues to play an integral role in advancing today’s workforce, informal learning has emerged as an equally important, if not more critical, element. In today’s hyperintense workplace, companies are blending informal learning into their development methodologies, recognizing the value of better informed and better skilled employees who are supported at their point of need, and thus creating more competitive advantage throughout the business.”

Still think informal learning is not for you?  Here are some of the benefits the CLO piece lists for organizations that shift their employee development to an environment based in informal learning:

  • Increased innovation
  • Improved productivity
  • Increased, more cost-effective knowledge transfer
  • More collaboration and competence
  • Measurable results

So, what are you waiting for?

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