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Equip Managers to Engage in Career Development Discussions With Employees

Help managers develop employees through coaching.

  • Despite organizational investment of time and effort in employee development, employees still report their development needs aren’t being met.
  • Organizations often have a lot of development opportunities, but need manager help to connect the right opportunities to the right employees.
  • Employees commonly cite career-related reasons when asked why they left their last employer. In fact, two of the top five reasons for departure are directly related to careers (McLean & Company Exit Survey, 2017; N=5,940). This represents a huge cost for organizations in terms of recruitment, training, productivity loss, and lost opportunity.

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Critical Insight

  • Coaching is an effective way for people managers to influence employees and has a tangible impact on organizational results.
  • Career path programs are not outdated, but they need to be approached differently – it’s less about creating a prescribed framework and more about creating visible opportunities.
  • Development needs to be employee-owned and manager-supported, as well as organization-informed so it meets the needs of the organization.

Impact and Result

  • Connect the right development opportunity to the right employee through an effective development planning process.
  • Equip managers to empower employees to drive their own careers and provide them the tools to do so. Through manager-led development coaching, employees acquire a wide range of skills and explore their interests.
  • Organizational benefits of development coaching include increased employee engagement, bench strength, and retention.

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