Informal Learning At Work

Informal learning is the powerhouse of learning in the workplace, and yet in many ways, it is fragile. How can you manage informal learning without destroying the informality; and without destroying the very thing that makes it so powerful?

So we need answers to questions like…

  • How does it work?
  • How do you manage it?
  • How do you encourage it?
  • How do you measure it?
  • What role does Learning and Development play?
  • Who else is doing it, and what is their experience?
  • How do you use it in conjunction with formal learning?


For the last 15 years, People Alchemy founder and managing director Paul Matthews, has worked with organisations to make their learning more effective. And after much prompting from clients those he has helped, he has written this book to pull together a lot of practical ‘how-to’ information about informal learning.

In these tough economic times, it is more critical than ever to leverage all the advantages you have, yet in most organisations informal learning is not even talked about, let alone used as a deliberate tool for improving performance. And this is despite the fact that most informal learning initiatives are far less costly than traditional formal training programmes.

Click here to look inside for more details and read Chapter 1 for yourself

Here are the chapter headings:

  • Chapter 1 – Survive and thrive with informal learning
  • Chapter 2 – The agile learning organisation
  • Chapter 3 – What is informal learning?
  • Chapter 4 – Informal learning in practice
  • Chapter 5 – The new L&D role
  • Chapter 6 – Practical things for you to do
  • Chapter 7 – More tools and ideas you can use
  • Chapter 8 – Managing your learnscape
  • Chapter 9 – Obstacles you may face
  • Chapter 10 – Getting managers more involved
  • Chapter 11 – Evaluating informal learning
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Index

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The book price is £14.97 with free shipping in the UK, £3.50 airmail to Europe and £7.00 airmail to the rest of the world.

For this, you will discover how the role of anybody involved in workplace learning, enhancing capability and improving performance MUST change to successfully manage the critical shift in the way organisations need to cater to the learning needs of their employees. Deliberately harnessing the power of informal learning is the new way to tangibly improve worker capability and performance, right at the point of work.

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“It is clear that the role of Learning and Development is changing. This is both a challenge and an opportunity for L&D practitioners. The opportunity is yours for the taking! My very best wishes to you on your informal learning journey.”

Paul Matthews

I was really stimulated by your book.  I’ve managed L&OD teams in a number organisations and so much of the book resonated with me.  I developed ROI models to protect my teams becoming ‘training order takers’.

David Carey MCIPD, Career Development Expert