Talk That Performs
Many managers never discuss career development with their employees. Some engage in such discussions once a year. Only a small minority do so frequently. Yet a major Right Management study of organizational effectiveness shows that career discussion can play an important direct and indirect role in driving employee engagement and productivity.
Our study surveyed the views of more than 28,000 employees in 15 countries and 10 business sectors on nearly 100 specific statements related to employee engagement. We found that respondents who indicated that they were fully engaged by their job and organization were very likely to respond favorably to the statement “There are career opportunities for me at my organization.” We found, as well, that favorable responses to this statement were also likely to be accompanied by favorable responses to the statement “My immediate manager facilitates effective discussions about my career development.”
An engAging conversAtion
The inferences to be drawn from these findings are clear: providing your employees with career opportunities helps drive engagement, and facilitating effective career discussions helps create career opportunities. In other words, a line can be drawn from career discussion through career opportunities to employee engagement. As a large and growing body of research suggests, engagement is a key contributor to the productivity of the individual and, ultimately, the performance of the organization.
M J. S