“Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.” -Benjamin Franklin
When you hear the phrase “exchange program,” what comes to mind? You may immediately think of student exchange programs – opportunities for those still in school to experience a new country while pursuing their degree. But learning in a new-to-you country doesn’t have to end once you have your diploma – traveling abroad for work is also a huge learning experience, no matter what level you may be on the corporate totem pole.
Last year, Kronos launched a Marketing Exchange Program, giving qualified Kronos marketing employees all over the world the opportunity to spend two weeks in another Kronos location. Interested Kronites nominate themselves, and one employee per quarter is chosen by their manager based on several criteria. Travel, accommodations, and meals during their two weeks away are all provided by Kronos.
In addition to being able to explore a new country, Kronites also choose three learning objectives ahead of time that they’d like to explore in their new location. They’re also assigned an on-the-ground mentor to facilitate their stay – and that same “buddy” will be who the Kronite works with on a specific project related to their career. Upon their return to their “home base,” the employee presents his or her key learnings to management.
This program has already proven to be a major win for all parties involved: the Kronite traveling abroad gets to explore another country while advancing their career; the Kronos office they visit can benefit from the additional assistance and perspective; and Kronos as a whole grows thanks to the employees’ growth and expanded knowledge, further contributing to our overall business objectives.
Does your company offer a similar program? Or are you thinking of implementing one? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.