Field of work Organizational Psychology


New scale published to measure informal workplace learning

Informal workplace learning is a multifaceted construct. According to the octagon model of informal learning, this includes, for instance, learning by doing, reflection, and feedback.  How can this variety be measured validly with a questionnaire scale? Together with his co-authors Dr. Michael Knappstein, Prof. Dr. Niclas Schaper and Dr. Andreas Seifert, Dr. Julian Decius has published an article on measuring informal workplace learning with an economic 8-item short scale in the journal "Human Resource Development Quarterly" (HRDQ). The scale is open access and license-free for use available here.
The basis for the new scale development was the comprehensive 24-item scale that Dr. Julian Decius and his author team had also published in HRDQ in 2019.

Octagon model of informal workplace learning (English language)

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Learning processes over time

This topic focuses on how (informal) learning behavior in organizations changes over days, weeks, and months. Moreover, we analyze the dynamics of work-related learning and how learning trajectories differ between employees.

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Designing work contexts

The goal of this thematic focus is to examine conducive conditions for work-related learning, employability, and organizational development, both by managers (e.g., shaping learning culture) and by employees (e.g., job crafting).

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New Work requires New Learning

This topic is dedicated to the question of how employees in dynamic work environments can be empowered to learn "what they really, really want" in a self-directed way. The "Learning Opportunities Perception Potential", which helps employees to grasp learning opportunities, is considered crucial here.