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“Professional education opportunities have become increas-ingly
more accessible, especially through online options like
webinars and e-learning seminars. Companies should encour-age
employees to make the most of the variety of platforms
available, to help them stay on top of evolving trends and busi-ness
insights,” said Greg Scileppi, president of Robert Half,
International Staffing Operations. “Promoting development
options that are flexible to schedules, learning preferences and
individual goals can be a powerful strategy for companies to re-cruit
talented candidates, and keep current employees engaged,
informed and motivated.”
Robert Half Finance and Accounting offers four tips for re-questing
to take continuing education courses during the workday:
1. Be your own best advocate. Supervisors may need to be
convinced to let employees take courses while at work. Build
a business case for how the company will benefit from the
skills you’ll acquire.
2. Start small. If your boss frowns on continuing education
during work hours, choose sessions that can be scheduled
during your lunch hour.
3. Emphasize the big picture. Is there a gap in your department’s
knowledge base? Let your boss know how classes will enable
you to shore up those weaknesses and support the team.
4. Evaluate different options. While some courses are online
and others in-person, offerings from providers, including
professional organizations, are evolving. Check with local
professional associations to find opportunities that fit your
IS THERE A GAP IN YOUR
BASE? LET YOUR BOSS
KNOW HOW CLASSES WILL
ENABLE YOU TO SHORE UP
THOSE WEAKNESSES AND
SUPPORT THE TEAM.
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