Get Reimbursed For Your Professional Development

Updated May 15, 20244 min
Get Reimbursed For Your Professional Development

Get Reimbursed For Your Professional Development

Sean LinehanUpdated May 15, 20244 min
Get Reimbursed For Your Professional Development

In today's fast-paced and competitive work environment, investing in your professional growth is crucial for staying ahead. Many employees assume they have to bear the costs of coaching or development programs themselves, but did you know that your employer might be willing to reimburse you? Let's explore why companies invest in employee development, how you can request reimbursement, and an example email to start the conversation with your HR leader.

Why do companies reimburse employees for professional development?

If you are hoping for your employer to reimburse you for the cost of your coaching sessions, it is helpful to see the world from their perspective. Here are a few of the reasons we commonly hear from employers:

  1. Employee Retention: High employee turnover can be costly and disruptive for businesses. By investing in their employees' professional development, companies demonstrate their commitment to their workforce, making it more likely for top talent to stay.

  2. Improved Performance: As employees enhance their skills through professional development, they become more proficient in their roles. This increased competency leads to better decision-making, more efficient problem-solving, and ultimately, a positive impact on the company's bottom line.

  3. Increased Engagement: When employees feel that their company is invested in their growth, they are more likely to engage with their work wholeheartedly. Engaged employees are motivated, dedicated, and committed to the company's success.

  4. Building a Stronger Workforce: A company that invests in its employees' development is better prepared for market changes and future challenges. A diverse and knowledgeable workforce is more resilient and able to seize new opportunities and tackle emerging obstacles.

How to request reimbursement for professional development

  1. Research your company's policies: Start by reviewing your company's policies on professional development and reimbursement. Understand the types of programs and costs that are eligible, as well as any specific procedures you need to follow. If your company doesn't have any existing policies, it can't hurt to ask!

  2. Gather information about Exec: Be ready to present details about coaching on Exec and your key learning objectives. Consider going through the matching process to find a coach you like. Also review our pricing. This information will help demonstrate Exec's value to both your professional growth and the company.

  3. Schedule a meeting with your HR leader or manager: Reach out to your HR leader or manager to set up a meeting to discuss your professional development goals and Exec coaching. Be prepared to explain how the program aligns with your goals and will benefit the company.

  4. Follow up with a written request: After your meeting, submit a formal written request for reimbursement, including the details discussed in your meeting and any additional documentation required by your company's policies.

Example email to HR leader

You got this!

Investing in your professional development is not only crucial for your career growth but can also be advantageous for your employer. By understanding your company's policies and presenting a well-researched case, you can demonstrate the value of your desired program and increase your chances of receiving reimbursement. So why wait? Start the conversation with your HR leader today and take the next step in advancing your career.

Sean Linehan
Sean is the CEO of Exec. Prior to founding Exec, Sean was the VP of Product at the international logistics company Flexport where he helped it grow from $1M to $500M in revenue. Sean's experience spans software engineering, product management, and design.

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