Back-to-school sales have been on display since July (were students even on summer break yet?), and deals on No. 2 pencils and binders have had you dreaming of well-organized notes in your sleep, thanks to the summer invasion of school supplies advertisements and deals.
But once you’ve gotten your degree and landed a job, it can be easy to forget the beginning of the academic new year and the millions of students who will be expanding their minds come fall. And even more importantly, to remember that an increasing number of students are enrolling in classes year-round due to the availability of courses offered online, evenings, weekends and part-time. Being mindful of your workers’ career advancements, as well as your own organizations goals, can be what solidifies your own status as a talent advisor.
To avoid a talent shortage at your organization and mitigate the risk of falling behind more innovative organizations with more skilled workers, here are three reasons your employees going back to school may benefit you and them.
1. Prepare your workers for their future roles.
The primary reason adults go back to school: They’re looking ahead in their careers. Applying that same logic to the future of your organization can be what prevents your business from facing a talent shortage or extended times to hire for new positions.
The question to ask is, “What skills and abilities will I want our organization to be known for excelling at in the next five years?” From massive open online courses that are free, to customized seminars or education benefits for your employees, what skills and education do you want to equip them with and encourage them to excel at to help grow your organization? Sales, business, marketing, communication, customer service, and financial planning… these are daily parts of your organization that need to stay up to date in order to stay ahead of the competition.
2. Get creative juices flowing again.
Burned out workers don’t get to take a hiatus just because they’re struggling creatively or have fallen into a rut with their work. So to spare your organization’s quality from the effects of worker burnout, consider bringing in productivity experts or local comedy groups to challenge how your employees see their work and their approach to getting it done.
Or incentivize workers to participate in creative projects outside of work, and find a way to display their achievements in the office. Not only will morale get a boost—you’ll also be promoting something else important: work-life balance.
3. Keep workers happy in and out of the office.
Looking outside of the box for work-life balance solutions can be as simple as sharing opportunities for self-enrichment classes available to employees, either in or out of the office. Some organizations are experimenting with offering classes led by co-workers such as photography or cooking, where an employee can share their skill while giving employees a chance to talk about something else besides the usual tasks and projects.
Other ideas include signing up as a group to take a local comedy class or attending a conference as a team. Promoting self-enrichment or ways to expand one’s mind, and giving employees the opportunity to do that alongside people they work with every day can be just the change they have been looking for. It can also be what helps retain workers and keeps their interest in performing well on the job.
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