Historically, paid vacation has been a great benefit for employees. More often than not, people referred to this period as an escape from their work and job. This comes as no surprise if the work environment is stressful, tedious and tiresome. However, in recent years, corporations have invested tremendously to ensure that their employees enjoy their time at work and, in fact, want to spend more time there. Although paid vacation is still a desired benefit, due to people’s need for a change in environment or to spend more time with friends and family, it is no longer a means by which workers try to escape. They take joy in their jobs and are constantly incentivized to progress in their careers. This desirable work environment motivates them to take matters into their own hands and enhance their careers on their own.
The concept of work-life balance is becoming increasingly important in the workforce. Employees demand greater investments in and attention to their personal lives and have, in fact, been receiving benefits to that end. However, if the values one holds in life are the same as those of work, this balance becomes unnecessary. In today’s work environment, corporations seek to align their employees’ goals with those of the overall organization. This encourages employees to allocate significant parts of their personal lives to endeavors toward mutual goals with the company. So, how can employees do this?
Although there is tremendous value in corporations providing employees with training opportunities, there are certain skills that are above and beyond what the company can offer. This is because some extremely effective skills are difficult to attain and, without a pressing need for them, the company might not find it efficient to include them in their training offerings. Therefore, employees can spend their time away from work attending those types of training programs. This not only helps the corporation achieve its goals in a more efficacious manner, but it also enhances employees’ skills and capabilities.
There is a common misinterpretation about networking with people from different corporations that is typically associated with disloyalty to an individual’s home organization. However, individuals wanting to converse with a diverse group of professionals do not necessarily do so to go behind their current employers’ backs. In fact, this can help individuals learn more about multiple industries and increase that person’s level of information and influence in the organization.
As long as this does not violate employees’ non-compete agreements, it is an asset for the company to have their employees gain experience from a different employer during their time off. This gives employees tremendous exposure to how other corporations operate, and allows them to recognize their own strengths in different environments. Individuals with a varied resume of work experience are of great value to companies, and are a vital resource with which corporations achieve their goals.
When members of an organization enjoy working with their current employers, and are satisfied with their jobs, they have an incentive to use their time off for learning opportunities. By dedicating this time to endeavors that improve their skillsets, they enhance their organization’s overall performance. At CoreAxis, by providing efficient and engaging learning solutions, we encourage our clients to provide an educational environment for their employees in which they become increasingly curious, and individually seek additional means of training. We help employees in this journey, as our custom content offerings give solutions for individuals to overcome their weaknesses, and make the best use of their strengths.