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> Your biggest asset is also your biggest risk... your developers
Your business thrives because of the incredible work and innovation of your developers. With simple keystrokes your developers can completely transform your business, add new features, and drive new sales.
But those same keystrokes can take down production, create security back doors, and put your business at risk. That's why it's more important than ever for your team members to be up to speed with the latest technology, especially around performance and security.
Of course, some things are easier said than done - after all everyone is super busy these days. So how can you help keep your team members learning, and putting your business first in the process?
## Conference Parties
There's nothing better than attending a [PHP or programming conference](https:/ /www.php.net/conferences/) in person - the chance to meet speakers face to face, to network, the knowledge, and the hallway track. However, many companies aren't able to afford multiple (or even one) conference for their developers - especially ones that require airfare and hotel.
However, that doesn't mean you shouldn't still participate in these conferences. The good news is that roughly once a quarter [Nomad PHP](/live) streams talks from a conference right to your computer. This means that your team members can all participate in a multi-day conference from the comfort of your office (or their home) - and you can provide this for your team for [less than the cost](/teams) of a single conference ticket!
Make the conference party even more special by providing lunch during the lunch break, bringing in party gifts, having give-aways during the conference, and planning activities during longer breaks for your team.
Since many conferences take place on Friday, not only are you providing invaluable training and an incredible work benefit, but ending the week on a super positive note that your team members will appreciate (and your risk assessment teams will greatly appreciate as new security practices and compliance practices are put into place).
## Monthly Lunch and Learns
Every month Nomad PHP offers [live virtual talks](/live) by the industry's top experts. With talks at 11am Pacific, and 6pm Pacific it's a perfect time to grab a conference room and order a couple pizzas for lunch (or if Eastern, grab some snacks and maybe a beer) and play the monthly meeting on the large screen.
Your team members will have the opportunity to take notes, discuss with each other, and perhaps most importantly ask the speaker real-world questions that directly impact your business, providing tangible solutions to the problems they are facing.
And since every Nomad PHP Pro meeting [is recorded](/videos), your team members can refer back to the video at any time, watching sections relevant to them or digging in for more information.
## Developer Book Club
Encourage your team members to share what they're learning with others, and help build each other up. Not only are you helping grow skills and ensure your team is following the latest best practices, but you're also fostering a mentor-mentality within your team - where each team member feels invested in the growth of other members.
With Nomad PHP you receive a new issue of [php[architect]](/books) each month and have several [additional books](/books) available to read on demand - providing the latest updates and an invaluable resource to help your book club get started.
## Developer Movie Nights
Sometimes we all just want to get away, grab some popcorn, and watch a movie. Similar to lunch and learns, give your developers a night or two where they can get together and watch one of the [250+ training videos](/videos) available on Nomad PHP. You can even make it a movie marathon!
Whether it's pizza, popcorn, sodas, beers - your team members will have the chance to kick back, relax a bit, build team camaraderie, and learn valuable skills to help your business succeed. Essentially, turning a training day into a fun team-bonding activity.
## Learning Path Challenges
Every company has challenges, and areas they need their team members to master. Whether it's [DevOps](/videos/devops) and [containerization](/videos/containerization), [security](/videos/security), [performance](/videos/performance), [management](/search/videos/soft-skills?search_query=manage), [modernization](/videos/upgrading), or [soft skills](/videos/soft-skills) - work with your team to determine what skills will help them succeed and work with your team members to put together video learning paths.
Your team members can watch through these [videos on-demand](/videos), go back and replay to refresh their knowledge, and work their way towards mastery in the subjects that will help your company succeed.
Show that you are invested in your developers by helping them earn [Professional Certification](/certification). These certifications demonstrate that your team members have a fundamental grasp of the technology they are working with and understand when and how to use this technology.
With [free certification exams](/certification) included with Nomad PHP - you no longer have to worry about failed exams or expensive test credits. Your team members can take the exams at their own pace, discover the areas they need to improve, and take the exam again when they are ready. After all, shouldn't the goal of certification be to help your developers learn these skills and prove their expertise?
You can go even further with certifications by having a special [company award](https:/ /amzn.to/359HSLd), [framing their certificate](https:/ /amzn.to/2SnEOpV), or calling out newly certified developers at team meetings or all-hands.
## Learning Incentives/ Rewards
Of course there are even more ways you can help your developers learn new skills, grow their careers, and build loyalty within your company. With Nomad PHP there are numerous ways for your team members to grow their skills, and numerous ways you can reward/ incentivize them - from rewards for the most active learner, to setting goals for learning new skills, to obtaining certifications, to attending streams, to watching videos on-demand. All of these are included with our [Professional Nomad PHP Team subscriptions](/teams).
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**Have more ideas on how to help your developers grow their skills or help employers make education more accessible? Please leave your ideas in the comments below!**