Fostering a Culture of Continued Education
You may not realize it, but continued education and training is a critical part of moving an organization forward. Whether you feel you do not have the time, funds, or resources to provide education and training for your employees, you must realize stagnation is a plague that can result in the loss of employees.
- Start at the source and inquire about education during the hiring process--pursue candidates who have striven to gain more knowledge on their own, as they’re likely to continue doing so as a member of your organization.
- Drive an education initiative through incentives and opportunity. Consider a bonus structure based in part upon the training and classes that an individual has attended throughout the year. (If creating a bonus structure for everyone in your organization is out of reach, you may look into making it part of your managers’ bonus structure. If they have incentive to train their subordinates, it will create an expectation of learning among your employees that will sustain as they move further into their careers within the organization.)
- Create a monthly book reading program supported by incentives to participate and discuss the reading regularly.
- Discover the world of free webinars. There are many valuable organizations that are themselves nonprofits. They offer regular training with leading instructors, on topics that are relevant to your organization. Nonprofitwebinars.com is one such resource.
- Encourage employees to spend 15 minutes of their day learning. This may not seem like a lot of time, but when you consider the ample amount of nonprofit blogs out there, 15 minutes can be a great deal. Socialbrite, Kivi’s nonprofit blog, Hubspot, and our blog offer valuable information pertaining to all areas of nonprofit functions.
- Assign one individual who participates in vast training, and have that individual conduct small employee trainings by department. These trainings need only include what the designated employee found valuable and pertinent, saving your resources while still training your team.
- Implement Job Shadowing. Doing so can create active learning and discussion between your employees and volunteers. This not only encourages further learning, but increases an employee’s feeling of worth.
Dubois, Lou . How to Implement a Continuing Education Program. Inc., 18 Aug. 2010. Web. Dec. 18, 2013.