How 6 CEOs Help Their Employees Keep Their Skills Sharp

October 17, 2019, 10:30 AM UTC

Almost three-quarters of employees want to learn during their spare time at work, and most of those workers want the opportunity for self-directed learning, according to LinkedIn’s 2019 Workforce Learning Report.

The inquisitive nature and eagerness for professional development most employees express are two reasons why the six CEOs featured in the Fortune video above are not necessarily worried about their employees’ skills stagnating. 

“I think it just starts with the type of employee you recruit in the first place,” says Chris Britt, cofounder and CEO of Chime. “We tend to be very successful at bringing people onto the team that are just inherently curious, and motivated, and passionate.” 

The majority of the six CEOs that Fortune interviewed directly identified curiosity as an asset in employees, especially when it comes to advancing their own abilities. 

“If you have people who are technically talented but who are also inherently curious, they’re constantly learning,” says Sara Menker, founder and CEO of Gro Intelligence. 

In its research, LinkedIn also found that 94% of employees say they would stay at a company longer if it invested in their learning and development, which underscores the value that so many employees see in continued education opportunities provided by employers.

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