Daily Buzz: Don’t Give Up Professional Development

Continuing education is often the first thing to go when budgets are tight, but it's worth holding on to. Also: honoring retiring team members.

When budgets don’t go to plan, typically one of the first expenses that gets cut is employee professional development. But that’s a mistake, says Mazarine Treyz in a post for the Bloomerang blog.

“When you pay for people’s education, people think you care about them and their success in the organization,” she writes. And the organization benefits too by developing employees’ leadership potential.

To figure out which type of education program is right for members of your team, Treyz suggests asking them this question: Where would you like to be in five years, and how can I help you get there?

Once you understand their overarching goals—whether they’re looking to become become more entrepreneurial or want to prepare to step into a bigger role—you can find a program that helps them get there.

Celebrating Career and Character

When a dedicated employee retires, don’t say goodbye without celebrating the departing worker’s accomplishments.

When Caroll Spinney, the puppeteer who has played Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since Sesame Street premiered in 1969, announced his retirement after nearly 50 years, Sesame Workshop honored him with a video tribute that celebrates both his career and his character.

“Since 1969, Caroll’s kind and loving view of the world has helped shape and define this institution,” said Jeffrey D. Dunn, Sesame Workshop’s president and CEO, in a press release. “Throughout his unparalleled career, Caroll Spinney gave something truly special to the world. With deepest admiration, Sesame Workshop is proud to carry his legacy—and his beloved characters—into the future.”

Other Links of Note

Livestreaming can be a useful tool for meetings. Here’s a guide on how to stream successfully, from the Endless Events blog.

Everyone talks about data, but not all organizations know how to use it. Colleen Dilenschneider of Know Your Own Bone shares some data inspiration.

Bringing in a new team member takes a lot of energy—and money. Fast Company highlights the costs to consider before hiring someone new.

Jeff Hsin

By Jeff Hsin


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