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Why "Doing" is Better than "Watching": The Future of Workforce Development


Why doing is the future of organizational learning

As organizations face an ever-changing business landscape, the need for employees to be adaptable, creative and innovative has never been more important. And when it comes to developing the skills and abilities of employees, experiential learning is the key to achieving these goals.


Experiential learning is an approach to learning that involves direct experience and active involvement in the learning process. This can include hands-on activities, simulations, case studies, and other practical, real-world learning forms. Research has shown that experiential learning is particularly effective in developing soft skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and decision-making.


One of the key benefits of experiential learning is that it allows employees to apply what they've learned in a safe and controlled environment before using it in a real-life scenario. This can help build confidence and improve the ability to perform effectively under pressure. Additionally, the opportunities to reflect on their experiences and evaluate their performance can help employees to identify areas for improvement and make more progress.


Experiential learning also promotes creativity and innovation, allowing employees to think outside the box and come up with new ideas. Studies have shown that companies that invest in employee training and development, including experiential learning, experience a 24% higher profit margin than those that do not (Source: "The Business Impact of Learning" by the Institute for Corporate Productivity).


Moreover, a study by Deloitte found that companies that prioritize employee development and training, including experiential learning, have a 218% higher income per employee than those that don't (Source: "The ROI of Learning" by Deloitte University Press).


Additionally, research by the University of Warwick found that employees who participated in experiential learning programs were more likely to report increased job satisfaction, improved performance, and greater confidence in their abilities (Source: "The Impact of Experiential Learning on Employee Attitudes and Behaviors" by the University of Warwick).


Finally, a study by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) found that organizations that invest in experiential learning have a 29% higher retention rate compared to those that don't (Source: "The Impact of Training and Development on Organizational Performance" by the ASTD).


It is clear that experiential learning is an effective approach to developing the skills and abilities of employees. But it is also important to note that it is the future of work learning and development. With the rapid pace of technological change and the increasing demand.


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James Kelley

CEO of qChange

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