Why support self-organized learning in the workplace?

I recently shared a diagram of what it might look like to move from a focus on organizing and managing training,  to helping individuals and teams self-organize in the workplace? But why would you want to do this, some have asked? Because that is how today’s Smart Workers (SW) prefer to learn.  So I’ve now annotated my previous diagram to show how 8 key ways that Smart Workers learn today map onto the diagram.

  1. The Smart Worker (SW) learns continuously as she does her job > Integrate learning in the workflow
  2. The Smart Worker (SW) wants immediate access to a performance problem > Provide and enable access to performance support
  3. The Smart Worker (SW)  is happy to share what she learns > Encourage employee generated content
  4. The Smart Worker (SW) relies on a trusted network of colleagues > Support networking both inside and outside the organisation
  5. The Smart Worker (SW) learns best with and from others > Encourage social interactions and knowledge sharing in the workflow
  6. The Smart Worker (SW)  keeps up to date with what is happening in his industry and profession > Encourage “learning the new” and “entrepreneurial learning”
  7. The Smart Worker constantly strives to improve her productivity > Provide performance consulting services rather than just instructional/training services
  8. The Smart Worker thrives on autonomy > Promote professional learning (outside the organisation) and the use of professional learning portfolios

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