Top 5 Reasons to Send Your Employees Back to School
The last post talked about the importance of recognizing and thanking your employees, and the value of education as a reward. It’s clearly an investment that benefits both your employees and your organization.
1. They feel valued
As Beryl Companies CEO Paul Spiegelman explains in his Inc. com article Deliver Value to Your Employees—Your Most Important Stakeholders, “if you want employees to take a vested interest in the company’s future, you must take an interest in theirs—at work and at home.” When employers care enough to help employees develop professionally and personally, the employees feel valued. Valued employees are happier and more productive.
Without proper training, employees can’t fully use their skills and abilities and may become frustrated. With mentoring and education they can confidently serve clients, complete high-quality work, and contribute creative ideas. That makes any employee happy.
The more employees understand about how one workgroup interrelates with other departments, the more they understand their impact on the organization and the value of their work.
4. It’s fun!
A creative instructor can incorporate games and team-building activities into educational sessions, making even the driest-seeming topic lively and engaging. You can offer rewards to celebrate successes (ice cream, anyone?). We spend a lot of time at work; employees want and need to have a little fun.
5. Education assistance is a popular perk as it can be expensive
Offering tuition reimbursement helps employees prepare themselves for future opportunities, whether it’s a promotion in your organization or a career move.
After all, as business consultant Rick Kilton, President of RWK Enterprises, Inc., points out:
“Here’s a familiar question: ‘What if I train them and they leave?’
There are two answers:
‘What if you don’t train them? They will leave.’
Or worse: ‘What if you don’t train them? And they stay?’”
Education is the best investment you can make in your employees. And they’ll thank you for it.
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