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McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity Education Program Hits New Milestones

Posted by Brian Sorenson on May 1, 2017

Topics: Success Stories, Tuition Reimbursement, Employee Incentives

The McDonald’s Archways to Opportunity program has reached new heights as the education initiative marks new milestones in providing employees with opportunities for personal and professional development. Entering its second year, Archways to Opportunity has seen its enrollment balloon to almost 17,000 employees. In addition, McDonald’s has recognized its 100th employee who has received a high school diploma through the program.

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Proposed Bill Would Make Offering Student Loan Repayment Assistance Even More Appealing

Posted by Brian Sorenson on April 12, 2017

Topics: Employee Incentives, Tuition Reimbursement, Workforce Development

In February, the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means received a bill, H.R. 795, the Employer Participation in Student Loan Assistance Act, which proposes the amendment of tax law to “extend the exclusion for employer-provided educational assistance to employer payments of qualified education loans.”

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In a Competitive Job Market, Soft Benefits Like Career Pathing and Education Opportunities Are Key

Posted by Brian Sorenson on March 31, 2017

Topics: Employee Incentives, Recruiting Talent, Transparency

Soft benefits, non-monetary benefits offered by organizations such as parental leave, vacation, tuition assistance programs and so on, have become increasingly popular incentives used by organizations to attract and retain talent. Given that we know that monetary benefits are not the be-all and end-all incentives for employee engagement, this should come as no surprise. 

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What Businesses Should Consider Before Offering Tuition Assistance Programs

Posted by Brian Sorenson on March 23, 2017

Topics: Tuition Reimbursement, Talent Management, Employee Incentives

Tuition assistance programs benefit employer and employee alike. Helping employees access education opportunities helps them reach personal and professional goals, in turn increasing the likelihood they’ll feel engaged and fulfilled at their current job. Moreover, removing barriers to higher education allows employees to earn the knowledge and gain the skills they’ll need to successfully carry out today’s fast-paced jobs, regardless of where they are in their careers.

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Business Champions to Organization Leaders: Keep Focus on Employee Learning a Priority

Posted by Brian Sorenson on December 14, 2016

Topics: Knowledge Transfer, Talent Management, Employee Incentives, Workforce Development

During the closing panel of CAEL’s 2016 International Conference, “The Working Learner: Business Champions Share Key Workplace Initiatives,” business leaders from Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), Hilton Worldwide and UPS converged to share their experiences helping employees gain access to upskilling and higher education opportunities. Hilton Worldwide chief learning officer Kimo Kippen, HCSC vice president of human resources Mary Jo Burfeind and retired chief human resources officer of UPS Michael Johnson gave an illuminating look at how their organizations have evolved their employee education options and the challenges they’ve overcome in implementing them.  

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Filling the Tuition Assistance Gap

Posted by Brian Sorenson on September 30, 2016

Topics: Tuition Reimbursement, Workforce Development, Employee Retention, Employee Incentives

Going the extra mile toward educating employees pays off for both employee and organization. An employee who is given access to an education is likely to be more motivated, engaged and productive. In turn, organizations benefit by an increased likelihood that those employees will remain within the organization and can be nurtured and groomed to take on positions of increased responsibility down the road. Encouraged by the right incentives, tuition assistance can be a tremendous benefit for employees.

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4 Steps to Dashing Apathy and Embracing Learning

Posted by Debra Steele on February 22, 2016

Topics: Employee Incentives, Talent Management, Adult Learning

In today’s whirlwind professional ecosystem, it’s important for companies to inspire workers to learn new skills. Providing the right environment for learning can inspire employees to abandon stagnation in favor of growth and discovery.

Apathy can strike us all at one point or another during our careers. It is certainly true that feeling comfortable in a professional role can cause a person to avoid risk or shun opportunities to learn new skills.

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Using Incentives to Promote Learning and Education In Your Workplace

Posted by Debra Steele on February 17, 2016

Topics: Employee Incentives, Talent Management, Employee Motivation

Executives have become painfully aware of the gap between employee skills and skills needed to achieve the company goals. To succeed in an economy that has become fiercely competitive, you need employees who can support the effort.

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Don't Undervalue Older Workers

Posted by Lynn Schroeder on January 22, 2016

Topics: Employee Engagement, Employee Retention, Recruiting Talent, Best Practices, Employee Incentives, Talent Management, Employee Training

Many businesses today focus strongly on young workers, but a smart leader will realize that highly trained mature workers can give them a significant edge.

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Motivating the Workforce

Posted by Lynn Schroeder on January 19, 2016

Topics: Workforce Development, Employee Engagement, Best Practices, Employee Incentives, Talent Management, Employee Motivation


Motivation is an inner ambition. A desire to achieve a certain goal. Motivated people take the initiative, work hard to reach their goals, and remain enthusiastic along the way. When employees possess these characteristics — that is, when they are motivated — they tend to be more productive and happier in their jobs.

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