How Can You Support Staff Who Want to Study Part Time?
There can be a lot of value in encouraging staff who want to study something business related like online business programs alongside of working for you â€“ they will be more motivated to stay with your company, they will be able to apply their new skills to their work for you, and they may be able to set themselves apart as future leaders within your business. However, while it is a nice idea in theory, what practical help can you as a business owner actually give staff who come to you saying that they want to balance their job with studying for and acquiring something like an online business administration degree?
Here, we look at some of the things you and the managers who work closely with these staff can do to assist:
Pay for All or Part of Their Course
One of the most helpful things you can do is to offer some financial support by paying for part of their course or the whole thing. If you have a training budget for the year, you may even find that by doing this rather than giving that individual other opportunities like sending them away on courses you may not even spend any more. However, it will show them that you fully support their efforts and that you recognize that their business qualification will benefit your company as well as them. Online degree courses are not extremely expensive, but can take quite a lot of budgeting for someone to pay for out of their own pocket, so this may also make it possible for someone to do the course without having to sacrifice anything at home, too.
Give Them Extra Time Off to Study or Take Exams
Another very supportive thing to do is allow extra paid leave for them to go to their college when needed, to take exams, and to prepare for them. Once again, if you would have them taking time out of their jobs to go on courses, you don’t actually lose out by doing this, but you allow them to undertake their course without having to use up their paid annual vacation days, which like everyone else they will need to relax and keep a good work life balance.
Offer Them Some Coaching
A final way you can help is offer up some of your own time or time with their own manager to do some coaching relevant to their degree. Coaching staff is also a great way to prep them for management roles later on, and will help them feel like they can get the help of experienced, skilled leaders in their own workplace to help them make sense of topics they have to study at a higher level.
As we have discussed here, there are some ways you can support staff who are studying for things that will benefit your company in their own time, both financially and practically, and these can be well worth doing.