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5 tips for maximizing employee engagement with learning stipends

Learning stipends are a fantastic resource, but they're only effective if your employees use them.

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Insights from Ellen Raim, Founder of People MatterWe focus more on solving than preventing People problems.

Unlocking the potential of learning stipends

As a People leader, one of your key responsibilities is fostering an environment of continuous learning and development. Learning stipends are a fantastic resource, but they're only effective if your employees use them.

Here’s how you can encourage your team to maximize these opportunities:

1. Understand the hesitation

Employees may need more awareness and understanding of the benefits of using their learning stipends.

It's essential to communicate the existence of learning stipends and also their value in personal and professional growth. Highlight specific success stories and potential career advancements that past participants have experienced, making the benefits more tangible and desirable.

2. Make learning accessible and relevant

A tailored approach to using learning stipends makes the decision process easier for your employees.

To promote learning stipends, curate a list of relevant courses, workshops and training programs that align with your organization's goals and your employees' career aspirations. 

3. Celebrate learning achievements

Public recognition of employees who utilize their learning stipends can be a powerful motivator.

Share the achievements of employees within your organization's internal communications. Public recognition spotlights your employees while highlighting your organization’s investment in continuous learning and growth.

4. Streamline the process of using learning stipends

Sometimes, bureaucratic hurdles can be a deterrent. Simplify the process of applying for and using learning stipends. Clear guidelines and an easy-to-navigate system encourage more employees to take advantage of this benefit.

5. Pre-approve Electives Membership for your learning stipends.

For a seamless learning experience, consider partnering with Electives.

When Electives Membership, our individualized learning platform, is pre-approved for learning stipend usage, it makes it easier for your team to find and enroll in relevant programs. Plus, Electives Membership grants your employees the freedom to select the classes that resonate with their interests and goals. Our live classes foster real-time engagement, offering a vibrant alternative to static learning methods.

A win-win for growth

Encouraging your team to use their learning stipends is a win-win. It promotes individual growth and contributes to the overall skillset within your organization. By integrating partners like Electives Membership, you're providing an accessible and enriching path for continuous learning.

Give your employees the individualized learning opportunities they want.

Electives Membership grants your employees the freedom to select the classes that resonate with their interests and goals. Our live classes foster real-time engagement, offering a vibrant alternative to static learning methods. 

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(P.S. Electives Membership is a perfect way for employees to leverage their learning stipends.)

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