Pandemic Drives Working Americans to Seek Further Education
New survey from Bright Horizons EdAssist Solutions® reveals value of education opportunities, including promoting equity in the workplace
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What are employees looking for in this current climate? Education opportunities. 78% of working Americans believe the pandemic has increased the need for companies to support their employees with education benefits, including tuition reimbursement for degree and non-degree programs and student loan repayment programs.
What’s more, education benefits are not only driving employee motivation, but they may be a key factor in promoting workplace equality. According to the survey, nearly two-thirds of American workers (65 percent) think that providing education benefits to all employees helps promote racial and gender equality in the workplace.
“We are seeing a significantly higher retention rate among Black, Hispanic, and female employees who are participating in their employer’s benefits program through EdAssist Solutions,” says
In addition to an increased desire for education opportunities – the availability of employer-sponsored education assistance is having a deeper impact on today’s workforce:
- 75 percent say they would feel more motivated in their current job if they had access to education opportunities through their employer.
- 74 percent believe these opportunities would make them feel more secure in their current job.
- 73 percent agree that education opportunities offered by their employer would make them feel more equipped to do their current job.
“COVID-19 magnified the need for career development and accelerated learning in the workforce as corporate strategies have shifted and difficult staffing decisions created new and immediate needs,” says Donovan. “There is a real opportunity for employers to rethink their benefits programs to meet the needs of today’s workforce and invest in ways to drive employee performance – that starts with providing compelling education benefits.”
For more information on Bright Horizons EdAssist Solutions, please visit brighthorizons.com/edassist-solutions.
About the Survey:
Bright Horizons commissioned ENGINE INSIGHTS to conduct an Online CARAVAN® survey to understand working Americans’ attitudes toward education benefits. For the purpose of this survey, education benefits are defined as education opportunities offered through an employer as part of a corporate benefits program such as tuition reimbursement for degree and non-degree programs and student loan repayment programs. The survey was conducted
About Bright Horizons®
Bright Horizons® is a leading global provider of high-quality child care and early education, back-up care, and workplace education services. For more than 30 years, we have partnered with employers to support workforces by providing services that help working families and employees thrive personally and professionally. We operate approximately 1,100 child care centers in
Source: Bright Horizons