An entire generation craves professional development.

Author:Geiman, Diane

In the report, "How Millennials Want to Work and Live," Gallup reveals that millennials--an age group that makes up more than a quarter of the population--view their jobs as a way to learn and grow. (1) Gallup found that 59 percent of millennials look for learning and growth opportunities when applying for a job, 44 percent of Gen Xers and 41 percent of baby boomers. In fact, 87 percent of millennials rated "professional or career growth and development opportunities" as an important part of a job, in comparison to 69 percent of non-millennials. Purpose and development drive this generation. In response, organizations must have a mission, a purpose, and they must provide professional development.

The Gallup report also found that only 29 percent of millennials, 32 percent of Gen Xers and 33 percent of baby boomers felt engaged in their workplace, meaning a majority were "checked out" and lacked energy and passion for their jobs; they simply put in their hours and went home. Dale Carnegie Training also found a lack of employment in its engagement survey. (2) Any organization must engage employees to find success; it is the source of commitment, productivity and satisfaction. Research shows that engaged employees perform better than those who are not engaged.

We can all agree with Carnegie that "employees are our biggest investment and should bring the greatest reward." (1) So how do you engage employees? The answer is this: your training program and by implementing online training.

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ACA online courses comply with ACA expected practices, legislative requirements and court mandates, and they are updated regularly. They put the learning in the hands of your staff, which motivates them to learn and immediately apply it to their job.

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