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Relations Between Characteristics of Workplace Practices and Types of Informal Work-Related Learning: A Survey Study Among Dutch Police

By: Anja Doornbos, Robert-Jan Simons, Eddie Denessen - ; Source: Human Resource Development Quarterly, vol. 19, issue 2, p 129-151   11-29-2008

Organizations seek to promote informal work-related learning to stimulate organizational performance. This survey study focuses on six types of work-related learning in relation to personal, relational, and work characteristics of the workplace practice. Police officers frequently learn from their peers and together. They learn from new and less-experienced colleagues infrequently. The individual’s value of work-related learning, possibilities for collegial feedback, and relatively high level of work pressure seemed to stimulate informal work-related learning.