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Employees still want training and career advice, finds Right Management report

Right Management, part of ManpowerGroup, says its report Talk The Talk: How Ongoing Career Conversations Drive Business Success highlights that today’s employees are willing to trade job security and traditional corporate pathways for the chance to chart out their own career on their own terms.


Employees, however, still place great expectations on employers for training and career advice. 


Research carried out by Right Management shows that skilled individuals, particularly those in with in-demand skills, are dictating how, where and when they want to work. The company says that as they take greater control, they are more likely to move within their current companies or onto other companies for growth and advancement opportunities, causing employers headaches when it comes to recruitment and employee engagement.


In response, Right Management says it has reimagined a framework for ‘Career Conversations’ to provide employers with practical advice and help organisations engage employees while meeting business goals. It enables employees to feel empowered about the direction of their own career and achieve personal goals while still driving the business forward. The process has six stages:


1.    Who am I? An assessment to look at what the individual wants to achieve and where they currently fit in an organisation

2.    What is expected of me? Planning a development path, ensuring goals are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound

3.    What and how should I develop? Looking at specific areas for individual development

4.    How am I doing? Providing ongoing assessment and engagement with the employee’s manager

5.    How will my talents and contributions be recognized? Development of a motivation and reward program specifically suited to personal motivations

6.    What’s next? Looking at next steps in an individual’s career and how to work towards it.


Mara Swan, executive vice president, global strategy and talent of ManpowerGroup, said, “Our new research finds that two-thirds of individual performance drivers can be tied to effective Career Conversations. If these conversations took place more regularly, 82% of employees would be more engaged, 78% would share ideas more freely and 75% would be more likely to stay with their current employer. That’s a business opportunity that simply cannot be ignored.”


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