Boost Employee Retention – Back to School!

    TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - As students gear up to go back to school this
fall, those already in the workforce may want to consider continuing their
education, a new survey suggests. Eighty-four per cent of senior executives
interviewed said their firms offer tuition benefits for their employees. All
(100 per cent) of respondents said their companies also reimburse for other
forms of professional development.



    The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world's first and largest
staffing services firm specializing in accounting and finance. It was
conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews
with 100 senior executives from Canada's 1,000 largest companies.

    Executives were asked, "Does your company offer college or university
tuition reimbursement benefits for employees?" Their responses:

    <<
    Yes................................................................   84%
    No.................................................................   15%
    Don't know.........................................................    1%
                                                                        -----
                                                                         100%

    Executives were also asked, "Does your company reimburse for other forms 
of professional development or training?" Their responses:

    Yes................................................................  100%
    No.................................................................    0%
    Don't know.........................................................    0%
                                                                        -----
                                                                         100%
    >>



    "Providing educational and professional development opportunities helps
companies attract top performers, maximize productivity and boost retention
efforts," said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Human
Resources Kit For Dummies(R), 2nd Edition (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.).
"Employees who take full advantage of the resources available for learning
remain intellectually challenged and increase their ability to take on greater
responsibility at work."

    Messmer noted that technical skills aren't the only ones that
professionals should seek to acquire. "Interpersonal skills are vital as the
workplace becomes increasingly collaborative," he said. "Classes that offer
instruction on how to communicate more effectively can be especially useful
for career advancement."

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