Investing in employees can pay off for businesses

January 1, 2014

 

By LINDA NOWAK
Business Journal columnist

Looking after your employees and their families is the right thing to do, but on a practical level, there is a long-term benefit for the company. For example, investing in an employee’s continuing education can pay off through the development of a skilled workforce and the ability to promote qualified people from within the company.

Currently, CSU Stanislaus has several students in the Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) program who are receiving either full or partial tuition assistance from their employers. E&J Gallo Winery, Bank of America, San Joaquin County and PricewaterhouseCoopers are all investing in their employees’ education.

Varinder Singh, a human resources specialist for PricewaterhouseCoopers, is one of the students receiving tuition assistance from his company for the EMBA program. He selected the EMBA at CSU Stanislaus because the Saturdays-only schedule worked well for him. It allows him to focus on work during the week and classwork on the weekends.

Singh believes that his EMBA experience will make him a better leader and enable him to earn a promotion.

“Anything that can differentiate me from my peers will help in my end-of-year reviews,” Singh said. ”The EMBA will most definitely do that.”

Research has shown that graduates of Executive MBA programs are more loyal to their sponsoring employers and enjoy the benefits that a mutually rewarding work environment can bring. Participation in an EMBA program brings immediate results, as well as long-term benefits that are essential for organizations and employees seeking to achieve their goals.

The CSU Stanislaus EMBA program focuses on cutting-edge areas that impact today’s organizations and provides the skills necessary for successful organizational strategies and leadership practices. Students are able to arrive at practical and creative solutions to their organizational challenges through meaningful dialogues with their faculty and team members.

Executive MBA students gain a more in-depth development of their skills in managing people, analyzing difficult situations, oral and written communication, strategic decision making, team building, a global perspective of business, and ethical and social factors. They have the opportunity to build on their leadership skills and directly apply them to their organizational lives.

Employers benefit from a highly educated and skilled workforce and the loyalty of their employees. Look around. Do you have some smart people in your company who could benefit from improved leadership and business decision-making skills?

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