One of the ways we’re committed to making our employees’ professional and personal well-being a priority is offering them WOW! Benefits that enrich them in all areas of their lives. Continuing education is important to many of our employees. According to a 2015 survey by International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans, 83 percent of companies offer some form of educational assistance. GL group is proud to offer our employees a tuition advancement program.
GL group employees who want to continue their education, earn a degree, or even earn a certification are eligible for up to $3,500 in tuition advancement per year. We call it an advancement because once an employee is accepted into our program, we give them the money up-front so they have as little out of pocket costs as possible.
Our goal is to make the program as easy as possible for our employees. How do we do it? Employees who express interest in the program have to complete a screening process. They provide details and information about the school or program in which they would like to enroll. Once accepted, employees sign a contract stating they’re responsible for maintaining good standing in their program of choice, that they will regularly submit their grades to us, and that they agree to one year of service to GL group after they complete their courses. GL groups’ accounting department handles all of the transactions with the employee’s school of choice, so the employee has to do very little footwork to connect all the dots.
Another requirement of the program is that employees choose a subject, degree, or course that is either in relationship to their current role at GL group or a role they are interested in pursuing in the future. We’ve had a number of employees increase their responsibility at GL group and others are pursuing an education that will help them obtain another job within our company. For example, we have one employee who currently works in the warehouse but went back to school to obtain a degree in Information Technology. He is currently cross-training with GL group’s IT department to further his training and educational experience. “While we don’t know what’s going to be available for him or any of our employees in the future, we love the fact that they’re able to position themselves for other, fulfilling jobs within our company,” says Autumn Davenport, Talent Development Coordinator for GL group.
There is more interest than ever in the 12-year-old program. “We’re working closely with our interested employees to help them work through the program. It’s a time and financial investment for our employees, so we want to make sure they have all the support they need,” says Davenport.
WRITER: Jen Patterson