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Learning at work - how to develop your team without it costing a fortune!

Posted by Tracy Powley 11/05/18

Learning at work weekLet’s celebrate Learning at Work Week by looking at the numerous development opportunities which exist at work... and most do not cost money!

90% of all learning happens on the job, not in a structured classroom training environment at all, but actually going about our day-to-day work. 

Too many organisations focus on the ‘delivered’ training session and overlook opportunities constantly around us at work. Chairing a team meeting for the first time or tackling a particularly difficult conversation with a team member are all situations full of learning possibility - we just need to ensure we have debrief conversations or create opportunities to share experiences, in order to extract the learning and ensure it makes a difference. 

Development plans shouldn’t just be about listing ‘courses’ for people to attend, but should identify practical on-the-job opportunities, as legitimate means of learning. 

Here are just some suggestions to inspire you – and most won’t break the bank!

  • shadowing
  • coaching
  • mentoring
  • buddying up
  • discussing an issue with a colleague
  • network groups
  • seminars
  • conferences
  • secondment
  • working on a inter-departmental project team
  • talking to clients
  • reading articles and blogs from professional magazines and industry experts
  • receiving feedback
  • swapping experiences
  • job rotation
  • e-learning
  • YouTube
  • “expert” talks 
  • team meetings

What would you add?

To ensure you get the most from any learning opportunity see our blog on how to get a return on your investment in training or email us on or give us a call on 01903 732 782 to chat through your team’s and managers’ learning needs.

Tracy Powley
Tracy Powley

The way we behave towards each other in the workplace has a direct impact on individual wellbeing, team performance and organisational results. This belief has underpinned our work at Focal Point for over 20 years and has never been more relevant. We are privileged to work with a huge variety of organisations wanting to get workplace behaviour and culture right - and to tackle the inappropriate behaviour that may get in the way of this. Supported by our fantastic team of facilitators and coaches, we are able to make a real difference to peoples’ lives as well as organisational performance. Having worked in both large businesses at management level and in 2 start ups at director level, I am able to combine hands on experience of growing and managing teams - and the associated challenges in creating the right culture - with over 20 years in learning and development. I hold the Certificate in Training Practice and am a member of CIPD. When I am not supporting clients or developing the Focal Point business, you will find me in a calming yoga class...

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