By: Stefanie Collins, Program Manager, Talent Management & Diversity
Companies in the commercial real estate industry typically invest in heavy on-the-job training, which is very sufficient. At Cushman & Wakefield, we feel it is just as important for companies to invest in their talent and offer learning and development opportunities to all employees at every level. Employees are seeking an environment where they can learn and grow, not just exist. This is why learning and development opportunities have been an important tool in attracting and retaining top talent in an increasingly competitive job market.
Investing in Talent
Making the investment in development can have a direct positive impact on company performance. In fact, in a recent report from Harvard Business Publishing, 57% of respondents indicated learning and development has a major, positive impact on their organization’s ability to promote from within. Additionally, 66% of organizations that see learning and development as critical to success had stronger market positions than their competitors, according to the report.
Personally, I joined Cushman & Wakefield a little over six years ago focusing on Global Occupier Services. Being relatively new to the industry, I was hungry for learning and development opportunities. Now, it has come full circle and I am part of the team responsible for creating those opportunities. At Cushman & Wakefield, we actively work to attract, develop and empower a deep pool of talent, and in doing so create a space where everyone feels valued, respected and inspired to play a role in moving our company forward.
Opportunities for Growth
Our talent and learning team produces an array of national development programs and provides access to a variety of on-demand learning opportunities available to all levels of employees:
- Business & Professional Skills, where employees can build knowledge and awareness while developing technical and foundational skills
- Sales & Client Management, where employees can learn business development, consultative selling skills and client management
- Management & Leadership, which focuses on managing and leading engaged and high performing teams
In addition to the national programs, our internal employee resource groups, including the Women’s Integrated Network (WIN) and Cushman & Wakefield Future Leaders (CWFL), create opportunities for women and those new to the commercial real estate industry to come together and learn from both industry experts as well as internal subject matter experts. For example, WIN hosts quarterly webinars to assist with professional growth and development, and offers several additional learning resources online. WIN also offers a mentorship program and sponsorships through a Professional Development Fund. This fund allows WIN members or chapters to apply for a scholarship of up to $500 for personal growth and development or to assist in educating their members via learning curriculum or class offerings.
To create a streamlined learning experience, Cushman & Wakefield recently launched Workday Learning, our new global learning platform, which is available to all employees and offers courses and training across all geographies and business lines.
As we continue to support our employees in building an enriching and fulfilling career, there are many opportunities to learn and grow. The last six years have flown by for me at Cushman & Wakefield and my knowledge of the business and our industry overall has exceeded my expectations. I appreciate that we are a growth company with a relentless focus on the growth and development of our people.
Stefanie Collins is the Program Manager of Talent Management & Diversity at Cushman & Wakefield. In this national role, Stefanie focuses on developing strong internal relationships while implementing and managing employee engagement groups and initiatives. She also supports ongoing talent and learning system operations, resources and processes.