WANT TO HOLD ON TO YOUR TALENTED EMPLOYEES?
INVEST IN THEIR CAREERS. That’s the advice that can
be drawn from LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Learning Report,
which found that a remarkable 93 percent of employees said
they would stay at a company longer if the company invested
in their careers. More and more, professional development is no
longer an occasional perk or earmarked only for certain positions. Especially among younger professionals, it’s an employee
expectation that demonstrates whether the company appreciates its people and is committed to their success.
Several of IREM’s AMO companies demonstrated commitment to their employees when they nominated members of their
property management teams to take part in the initial offering
of the Next-Gen CPM Leaders program. The program, available exclusively to AMO companies, is a talent management
initiative that fast tracks a group of young professionals through
the CPM curriculum, providing supplemental leadership training along the way, at a savings of more than 50 percent on tuitions and registrations.
The 21 students formed a cohort in which they progressed
through the CPM designation program together over a pe-
riod of 18 months, kicking off with an introductory webinar,
traversing through the entire CPM syllabus, and culminating
with their CPM installation at the IREM Global Summit last
September in Florida. Over the course of the program, they
spent time together virtually through online courses and in per-
son, both when they came together to attend the 2017 and 2018
Global Summits, and when they participated in instructor-led
classroom offerings at IREM’s Chicago Headquarters.
Not only did the cohort earn the CPM designation. The pro-
gram also created a strong sense of community. The participants
formed relationships with colleagues throughout the country,
which likely will extend throughout their professional careers.
Companies that participate in this program or offer their
employees similar opportunities to gain new knowledge and
learn new skills also stand to gain. They benefit from increased
employee loyalty, lower employee turnover and employees who
have enhanced skill sets that can be immediately put to use,
bringing value to the properties they manage and creating a
competitive advantage for the company.
Lessons for Tomorrow’s Leaders
By Nancye J. Kirk
said they would stay
at a company longer if
the company invested
in their careers.
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