To get the most out of employees, offer more than raises and promotions -- give them the opportunity to learn. Here are basic training tips and creative alternatives to educating your employees.
Offering unique educational opportunities is just one way Merkle Direct Marketing Inc., a Lanham, Md.-based database marketing firm, helps motivate and retain its employees.
In Merkle's in-house educational center, known as MIT ("Merkle Institute of Technology"), as Nicole Gull reported in "Back to School," employees can take and teach classes on a variety of topics, from statistics to yoga. Besides earning credit hours, which qualify them for annual salary increases, employees gain much more -- the opportunity to investigate anything they are curious about and a more interactive and close-knit working environment. Even the seemingly irrelevant classes like pumpkin carving are valuable to the company, as employees become better overall learners, which dramatically boosts the company's intellectual capital.
While Merkle's approach is certainly progressive, your company will benefit from any kind of training you can offer your employees. Here Inc.com shares its best articles on education and training of employees. However tame or wild, the strategies you use to teach employees will encourage employee interaction and boost morale at your company.