Learn Something Today
70:20:10 is a learning and development model that was developed in the 1980’s that illustrates how people tend to learn:
70 – experiential learning – where skills are learned on-the-job, during day to day work
20 – social learning – where skills are learned through interaction and collaboration with others
10 – formal learning – where skills and knowledge are learned through training courses (face-to-face and online)
According to a recent report, businesses that use 70:20:10 are 4 times more likely to report that their staff are able to respond faster to business change, and 3 times more likely to report improvements in staff motivation.
Advice Skills Academy has been promoting a 70:20:10 approach to learning, through opportunities to learn about mentoring and Action Learning Sets (social learning); as well as through accredited and non-accredited training courses (formal learning).
The practical examples can help you to start thinking more about when, how and what ways you can learn in your day to day.
As part of the Learning at Work Week activities that were on offer in May, a number of partner organisations learning activities took place during lunch times. These were popular as they allowed people to take part in activities, but still have time for appointments, meetings and other work.
Lunch and learn – also known as ‘brown bag’ sessions (because of the brown bags that people used to use to carry their lunches in) – are often used by organisations to provide short, accessible opportunities for employees to learn.
Recognised benefits of lunch and learn programmes of learning are:
- Helps with understanding what others do in the organisation
- Encourages growth, sharing knowledge and skills, and can build confidence
- Strengthens a sense of community – by people sharing things that they are involved in outside of work, or their hobbies and passions
- Builds a stronger work culture – by people feeling they are valued and supported
Lunch and Learn programmes don’t have to be all about work though – there are benefits to people sharing their skills, or learning new skills like how to draw, make wood carvings, or learn self-defence or yoga.