Professional Growth the Google Way

Google has an educational reimbursement plan. They will pay up to $8,000 for an employee to take work related courses at an outside institution. They also offer the employee a maximum of 5 years off and up to $150,000 if an employee wants to pursue a further education full-time.

Your company may not be able to give such generous benefits, but you can provide a library of resources that your staff can listen to, read, and watch at work or at home. You will be surprised how many employees want to learn more about their field of work if they have easy access to it.

You can also create an incentive for your employees to read one book, watch a video or listen to an audio book that will help them figure out ways to improve their performance. The incentive could be simple like letting the employee go home an hour early if they hand in a short report about what they learned.

All they will need to do is provide a half page synopsis along with a suggestion on how the company can improve based on an idea from the book. The employee and company both win.

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