Top reasons to send your team to EARL

July 17, 2017
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(This article was first published on Blog, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

It’s easy to get stuck in the day-to-day at the office and there’s never time to upskill or even think about career development. However, to really grow and develop your organisation, it’s important to grow and develop your team.

While there are many ways to develop teams, including training and providing time to complete personal (and relevant) projects, conferences provide a range of benefits.

Spark innovation

Some of the best in the business present their projects, ideas and solutions at EARL each year. It’s the perfect opportunity to see what’s trending and what’s really working. Topics at EARL Conferences this year include, best practice SAS to R; Shiny applications; using social media data; web scraping, plus presentations on R in marketing, healthcare, finance, insurance and transport. Take a look at the agenda for London here.

A cross-sector conference like EARL can help your organisation think outside the box because learnings are transferable, regardless of industry.

Imbue knowledge

This brings us to knowledge. Learning from the best in the business will help employees expand their knowledgebase. This can keep them motivated and engaged in what they’re doing; and a wider knowledgebase can also inform their everyday tasks enabling them to advance the way they do their job.

When employees feel like you want to invest in them, they stay engaged and are more likely to remain in the same organisation for longer.

Encourage networking

EARL attracts R users from all levels and industries and not just to speak. The agenda offers plenty of opportunities to network with some of the industry’s most engaged R users. This is beneficial for a number of reasons, including knowledge exchange and sharing your organisation’s values.

Boost inspiration

We often see delegates who have come to an EARL Conference with a specific business challenge in mind. By attending, they get access to the current innovations, knowledge and networking mentioned above, and can return to their team —post-conference— with a renewed vigour to solve those problems using their new-found knowledge.

Making the most out of attending EARL

After all of that, the next step is making sure your organisation makes the most out of attending EARL. We recommend:

Setting goals

Do you have a specific challenge you’re trying to solve in your organisation? Going with a set challenge in mind means your team can plan which sessions to sit in and who they should talk to during the networking sessions.

De-briefing

This is two-fold:

1) Writing a post-conference report will help your team put what they have learnt at EARL into action.

2) Not everyone can attend, so those who do can share their new-found knowledge with their peers who can learn second-hand from their colleague’s just be smarexperience.

Following up

We’re all guilty of going to a conference, coming back inspired and then getting lost in the day-to-day. Assuming you’ve set goals and de-briefed, it should be easy to develop a follow up plan.

You can make the most of inspired team members to put in place new strategies, technologies and innovations through further training, contact follow-ups and new procedure development.

EARL Conference offers a range of discounts, including package deals for organisations looking to send more than 2 delegates.

Buy tickets now or contact the EARL Team

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