Last week, we talked about how the back-to-school season may affect working parents, including the stresses of readjusting to a school schedule and finding appropriate childcare options, all while still juggling a very full workload.
But what about all of the working students out there? One could argue that they are equally as stressed out by attempting to balance their work and school responsibilities.
Whether the students in your workforce are full-time students working when they’re not in class, or full-time employees taking night classes or online courses, or something in between, it can be difficult for these working students to manage their workloads as well. And while most employers support the idea of their employees attaining higher education or additional certifications, actually supporting these employees is not always easy to do. That’s why we’ve put together our list of four simple ways employers can support employees who are also students.
When it comes to structuring a tuition reimbursement program, employers have a multitude of options. Many choose to set a cap on the amount of tuition expenditures for which they will reimburse employees. Some offer reimbursement on a sliding scale, depending on how long an employee has been with the company, or on the grade they earn. With or without any of these stipulations, tuition reimbursement is still seen as one of the most valuable benefits a company can offer its employees, and one that speaks to its company culture.
Employers need to consider, however, how such work schedules may impact a student’s co-workers. Some workers feel over-burdened, and even resentful, when their colleagues take off to attend classes. Job-sharing, where two part-time employees do the job of one, may be an alternative to over-taxing team members.
Bottom line: Employers who value educated employees should not only encourage their academic endeavors but also entice them to stay with the company once they achieve their goals.
These are just a few of the strategies employers can use to support their employees who are pursuing higher education. Particularly during the next few weeks, as thousands of working students once again struggle to balance their school work with their actual job responsibilities, the most important thing employers can do for them is to be understanding should any issues arise during this period of back-to-school transition.
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