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Many employees left in dark about growth prospects

Professionals want to discuss their career path, but often don't get the chance.

A new survey from staffing company Robert Half shows that employees want more feedback on their future from the boss. The research indicates that 40% of professionals said their managers never discuss their career paths with them. The data also suggests professionals are hungry for this information: 37% said they would like to discuss their career paths at least quarterly; another 45% want to review their options annually.

"Supervisors who are not discussing career progression with their staff are missing an opportunity to engage and retain their team," said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for Robert Half. "Employees who don't know when they'll earn a promotion or raise, or understand how they fit into a company's long-term strategy aren't likely to stick around long." 

The report offered three tips for managers on conducting career path discussions:

  1. Ask employees about their objectives. Never assume you know where team members want to take their careers – not everyone wants to follow a linear path to the top. If you don't know where staff members want to go, you can't help them get there.
  2. Be up front about expectations. Educate your employees about the experience or skills needed to reach their goals, and then lay out a specific plan – including leadership development, mentoring and training opportunities – to help them achieve success.
  3. Don't wait for the annual performance review. Set periodic check-ins with your employees to discuss their progress or where they need to make improvements to move up within your organization.


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