Work-Based Learning and Wellbeing

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Learning is widely considered to support wellbeing and is therefore treated as a high societal priority. In the workplace, learning is considered core to the success of individuals and organisations, yet it is not typically considered in terms of its relation to wellbeing. Rather, learning is viewed as fundamental to work competence, innovation and competitive advantage, justifying investment in Human Resource Development (HRD). Whilst a broad range of theory and empirical research has explored wellbeing at work, learning remains peripheral to these. Evidence suggests that learning can act as a buffer to the demands and strains of work whereas restricted opportunities for learning are likely to form part of a negative work environment for wellbeing. However, the relationship between learning and wellbeing is not always positive and much more work is required to unpack the relationship between learning and wellbeing in the workplace. This chapter reviews literature on work-based learning and wellbeing drawing out practical implications whilst also making the case for further research and practical attention to this topic.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpringer Handbook on Management and Employment Practices
EditorsPaula Brough, Elliroma Gardiner, Kevin Daniels
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-24936-6
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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Name Handbook Series in Occupational Health Sciences

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