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oktober 05, 2023


How can you help individuals overcome workplace learning barriers


Learning quote by Bill Gates

Lifelong learning while working is not as easy as it sounds. It requires a solid commitment and sometimes advance preparation.

1. What prevents employees from learning?

According to a study in 2022, just 17% of people say they face no barriers to learning at work and  83% experiencing the following barriers to learning:

  • They feel too old (17%) 
  • Cost/money issues (17%) 
  • Time pressures (10%) 
  • Childcare/other family commitments (4%) 
  • Other barriers (36%)


2. How can you help individuals overcome workplace learning barriers?

Overcoming workplace learning barriers is crucial for personal and professional development.  

A. Identify Barriers: 

Assist individuals in recognizing and understanding the specific obstacles they face in their learning journey.

B. Set Clear Learning Goals: 

Help individuals establish clear and achievable learning objectives that align with their personal and professional aspirations.

C. Offer Time Management Strategies:

Provide tips and techniques for effective time management to enable individuals to allocate time for learning amidst their daily responsibilities.

D. Boost Motivation and Goal Alignment: 

Provide strategies to enhance motivation by connecting learning goals to individuals’ personal and career ambitions.

E. Recommend Learning Resources: 

Suggest relevant books, courses, online resources, and tools that cater to the individual’s learning needs and interests.

F. Address Learning Styles: 

Provide information on different learning styles and advise on suitable learning strategies that align with an individual’s preferred style.

G. Provide Stress Management Techniques: 

Offer stress management techniques to help individuals manage anxiety related to workplace learning, allowing them to stay focused and resilient.

H. Encourage Feedback and Self-Assessment:

Promote seeking feedback from peers, supervisors, or mentors and guide individuals in self-assessment to monitor progress and identify areas for improvement.

Remember that overcoming workplace learning barriers often involves a combination of strategies tailored to the individual’s specific circumstances and needs.

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