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The Best Company Benefit EVER That Will Get Your Employees Bragging!

Posted By Tiffany Hinton, Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Updated: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Before I even joined the team at NCFDD, one benefit that I bragged about non-stop was the fact that I would be able to order free unlimited books from Amazon! Who doesn’t love Amazon? And who doesn’t love unlimited books from Amazon? And who doesn’t love FREE unlimited books from Amazon?  Maybe it’s just me, but when an employer is willing to offer this kind of benefit, it says to me that they value self-directed growth, constant learning, new ideas, change, and professional development.


This benefit may not be for everyone but it’s incredibly attractive to highly motivated people who want to become better (aka "A” players). For the generation of working professionals today, money isn’t everything. If I can’t live a balanced, happy, and fulfilling life, a well paying job just won’t cut it.


I imagine that this might feel a little scary for an employer.  What if they order too many books?  How much is this really going to cost me? Obviously, I can’t say from my perspective. But what I’ve observed is that, not everyone will use this benefit.  And for the people that do, even the book hungry peeps who devour all kinds of stuff (like me!), no one can read that many books and devour too much information at once. It’s not practical and doesn’t necessarily increase productivity.


In my case, I tend to go ham on books when I feel like I’m hitting a wall with something I don’t know or can’t seem to figure things out on my own. When I reach that point or feel myself getting close, my first inclination is to look up books that could potentially help me.  When I find some, I order them. How empowering is it, as an employee, to take my learning and growth into my own hands? Instead of realizing I have a problem, sitting around trying to figure it out in my own head, and sinking further, I have a tool to get started. I can take my growth to another level first and if I find I am still stuck, I can then take it to my boss to ask for insight. 


I would think that an employee that comes to their boss having already done research, tried some things out, and taken some initiative in their own growth is far more interesting to talk to and "worth” the time, then someone who is just stuck and completely unsure of what to do next (not that it’s a bad thing, just very different). As an employee, I find being completely dependent on my boss for growth or always needing permission to use resources for development disempowering. By just offering a simple resource such as amazon books that doesn’t require permission or anyone’s knowledge enables me to take more personal responsibility for my job, my growth, and myself. I think that’s pretty invaluable and gives me the opportunity to truly "own” my role in the company.


If you have great people on your team, want to keep growth-oriented individuals, or want to attract self-motivated employees, then offer free unlimited books from Amazon. Your employees will be bragging about working for you!

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