There is little recent data about career management conversations in the workplace:
Kelly Global Workforce Index – August 2014 (230,000 people across 31 countries participated)
- 57% people agree that career development discussions are beneficial in terms of the opportunity to acquire new skills
- Only 38% had these discussions with their employer in the past year
- Only 29% are satisfied with the career development resources provided by their employer
With global employment trends changing all the time, the need to keep and develop staff should be at the top of an organisations agenda.
Whether the organisation is a school, SME, Not for Profit or Corporate, many seem frightened to invest in the career management of their staff, they think staff will be unsettled, leave, or want more than they can offer. Some work very well with their staff, helping them manage their careers and reap the reward. The reality is that staff who feel valued and invested in are more likely to stay with an organisation and be motivated to work harder.
“Managing human capital is a misnomer. Humans are ‘beings’. We want to be known and valued for who we are, and our aspirations and ambitions recognised and seen as important. It’s a missed opportunity for an employer not to attend to these needs and thereby reap the productivity gains that accrue from more motivated, loyal employees”
(Talent, Careers and Organisations, What Next? Corporate Research Forum)
The value an organisation can reap when investing in their staff:
- Staff are more settled and less distracted as they have plans for their future
- Organisations can plan their future if they know what their staff want and plan to do
- Succession planning
- In house development of staff
- An organisation planning what will happen with regards to its staff must be more cost effective
- Fewer surprises
- Less need for interim, agency or contract staff
- Better ongoing communication between staff and employer
- Staff more likely to say if they are looking for a new role
- Organisation able to deliver a more structured handover if they know a member of staff is/wants to leave
- Employers who cannot afford financial rewards/bonuses, can support the development and career management of staff, which can be a cost-effective reward process.
The ability to manage your career and future is a life skill, if organisations don’t invest in their staff to give them these skills, how can they then pass on these skills to the people who work for them and to the next generation who they might educate and/or influence.
There are many processes for managing careers and these can be integrated into a workplace environment, below is a cycle often used to develop process that works within different organisations, depending on what is needed and required by the organisation and their staff.
Often employees find it easier to have these conversations with someone external first.
“My volunteers felt better placed to plan an effective conversation with their manager once they’d been coached, which is a win-win for the organisation”
(T Delamare, An action research study on the barriers facing women developing their careers and how they can be supported using a coaching framework. MA Dissertation, Oxford Brookes University, 2016)
“Internally focused workplace development opportunities are likely to ensure that a particular employer realises investment in development for the organisation. Yet, the worker might not have the skills transferable to other organisations. This is in contrast with the premise of the type of ‘deal’ where enhancement of employability is the key value derived from the employment relationship by the worker. Instead, they may be receiving only the development that is relevant to their current employer, without the promise of job security.”
(CIPD – Attitudes to Employability and Talent, Sept 2016)