This book is about making a difference through workplace learning and development. It offers advice and demonstrates the positive impact it can have on an organization.
Learning and development is essential to organizational success. Training courses were traditionally used as the key method of teaching, but increasingly the focus is shifting to individuals and managers adopting a more flexible approach to learning. Organizations are being held responsible for maximizing the skills, knowledge and behaviours available to them, ensuring that employees are not solely learning new skills, but are using their existing skills to maximum effect.
Workplace Learning and Development guides managers and employees through the concept of workplace learning. It identifies the variety of flexible learning strategies and methods, explains how to select the right method for a specific situation, and illustrates how these methods can add value to overall performance. Real-life examples of workplace learning are included to allow readers to gain insight into how it works and more importantly, how they could use it to address their specific needs.
This book successfully combines an overview of the theory of learning with a wealth of practical advice and experience. Great for managers and HR practitioners at any level to dip into for inspiration.
Colin Woodward, Head of HR, Independent Police Complaints Commission
This is a no-nonsense, up to date, whistle stop tour of learning and development in the workplace, written for the busy manager with a people development responsibility. It is very readable, and, unusually, written at the level of method - the all important how to actually do it!
Colin Beard, M.Ed., CFCIPD, FRSA, National Teaching Fellow, Faculty of Organisation & Management, Sheffield Hallam University
Jackie Clifford and Sara Thorpe are trainers with a wealth of experience drawn from a wide range of organizations. They are also the authors of The Coaching Handbook, published by Kogan Page.