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3 Benefits of Offering Professional Development Opportunities to Your Employees

Sharing ideas to grow is at the core of every successful business. Without new ideas and fresh perspectives, we remain stagnant and still. This is why it is critical that we dust off the cobwebs and learn something new each and every day. We recently did an event with Microsoft’s Content Services and International team that was intended to give employees a chance to learn something new, bounce ideas around, and share skills with each other. The event was particularly interesting on the heels of a recent article in Forbes written by Bruce Kasanoff. Kasanoff said that many companies no longer view hiring top talent as a viable growth strategy; instead, companies are steering in a new direction—hiring hardworking people that do good work, have the potential and desire to grow, and invest in them to give them the resources to do great work. Microsoft is a company that truly understands that their employees are an investment worth making, and we’ve been honored and inspired by our work with their team. Their recent professional development workshop inspired us to look even further into the benefits of offering your employees the opportunity to evolve in the workplace. We came up with a list of three core reasons to implement individual opportunities for growth and continued learning into your work culture: 1. It lowers turnover rates. According to an article in Fast Company by Matt Straz, the employees that are worth keeping are the ones that don’t want to stop growing. Offering professional development opportunities keeps employees refreshed, educated and engaged in the industry. This shows them that your company is not stagnant and that there is room to grow within. 2. It sets high standards amongst other employees and new hires. When some of your employees begin attending workshops, conferences, seminars, or even furthering their education, many will follow suit, including (and especially) new hires. This sets the stage for an engaged work culture, which reflects positively on communication, performance, and business development opportunities. 3. It helps your company to embrace changes in the industry. Technology and social media are continuously evolving, throwing curveballs at nearly every industry challenging them to step up to the plate. It can be expected that this is a major topic of conversation at professional development workshops and events, which means that if your employees are attending, they better understand how your company can approach each unique change. How are you supporting your team in their growth?

3 Benefits of Offering Professional Development Opportunities to Your Employees


Sharing ideas to grow is at the core of every successful business. Without new ideas and fresh perspectives, we remain stagnant and still. This is why it is critical that we dust off the cobwebs and learn something new each and every day. We recently did an event with Microsoft’s Content Services and International team […]

Having Fun with Hunter Industries


When was the last time you had a good old-fashioned laugh with your coworkers? Was it at the last holiday party? Is it something that happens daily? Would you consider your job fun? We recently did an incredible event with the sales and marketing professionals of Hunter Industries, which is a family-owned global company that […]

The 3 Things We Gain by Expressing Gratitude in the Workplace


Gratitude: The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. In the fast-paced corporate world of 9 to 5’s, timesheets, and ever-growing expectations, it’s important that we remember to slow down and appreciate those around us who help make it all possible. After all—none of us can do it alone. […]

Do You Celebrate Your Team Enough? Lessons from Fantech


When was the last time your organization came together to celebrate? Did you pop open a bottle of champagne to toast to a successful product launch? Did you host a company retreat to bring your team together after hitting major sales goals? Maybe you simply congratulated a team member on a new promotion. No matter […]

4 Ways Drumming Can Kickstart New Initiatives with First Security Bank


Have you ever picked up a drum and started beating a rhythm with your hands? The excitement you feel with every vibration is something you can’t control. It is innate to the human experience. Drumming excites us at our deepest core, and it allows us to step directly into the present moment. Drumming is powerful—but […]

Drum Cafe West Energizes Conference Kickoff for “Healthcare of the Future”


Spring has sprung, and we’ve been attending a whirlwind of spring kickoff meetings around the western U.S. Most recently, we headed to Las Vegas to open a kickoff meeting for an organization that manages electronic medical records. The theme of the event was, “What’s Next: Healthcare of the Future,” and the goal of the gathering […]

AVID Event Recap: Teaching Teachers to be Brave & Brilliant


Last week we had the privilege of performing our interactive keynote program for AVID, an organization dedicated to the success and achievement of underprivileged students who are determined to not only be successful in school, but in all aspects of their lives. Introducing our new program to this team of 150 innovative educators and administrators […]

Workplace Toxicity: 3 Tips to Combat it!


Toxic work environments… we’ve all witnessed it, and it isn’t pretty for productivity. The deep rumblings of negativity start stirring, and before we know it, the entire office has a new tone to it that isn’t necessarily positive. Whether it stems from an employee who feels undervalued or a conflict between two coworkers with conflicting […]

A Response to Deepak Chopra’s “A Better Way to Deal with Control Issues”


How Group Drumming Can Help You Release Your Control Issues In the recent article titled, “A Better Way to Deal with Control Issues,” published on October 19 on LinkedIn, Deepak Chopra discussed the personal control issues we all face on a daily basis. In any situation where we find ourselves needing to trust others, whether […]

A Response to Deepak Chopra’s “How to Win Loyalty From Other People”


A Response to Deepak Chopra’s “How to Win Loyalty From Other People”

7 Ways Group Drumming Can Promote Loyalty Building There’s nothing I love more than finding articles that echo the importance of what we do here at Drum Cafe West—Unite, Uplift, Inspire. In a recent article by Deepak Chopra on LinkedIn titled, “How to Win Loyalty From Other People,” there was great insight into a major […]