Informal Learning in the Corporate World
03 Jan 2011
In the knowledge age, learning is what enables people to participate successfully in life and at work.
In the context of corporate training, informal learning is a term used to describe the many forms of learning that take place independently of organised programmes with learning goals. Academic research suggests that the great majority (upwards of 70 percent) of learning in the workplace is informal. That is the unofficial, self-directed way most people learn to do their jobs. They acquire the skills they need informally – by talking, observing others, doing (trial and error), collaborating.