No Rungs Left on the Ladder: Keeping Employees Engaged
Posted on November 28, 2012 by TNS Consulting Team (via Scott Spayd)
In my graduate program, some of my classmates who worked full-time spoke often of a fear of getting bored in their career. Many spoke of feeling that they may hit a point where “climbing the corporate ladder” ceases and they become stuck in a position they are unhappy. With organizations tightening promotions and creation of new jobs, this a real fear that many employees experience.
For someone new to the working world and HR, my future is on my mind a lot. Where will I be in 10 years and what will I be doing? While I certainly do not have those answers, my hope for myself is that I am still continuing to grow professionally in HR and find a job that challenges me daily. What does this have to do with employee engagement?
Employees are driven to work harder when fully engaged in their roles. What happens when employees feel that they have hit a plateau in their career at an organization?
Unfortunately, employees can feel disgruntled and unhappy when there is not clear evidence of opportunities to advance or grow in one’s career. I don’t know about you but I wish to move up in my career in the future rather than remaining stagnant.
How can organization prevent employees from feeling stuck? Open lines of communication are key. It is better to be upfront with employees rather than leading them down a road that ends in disappointment. When I was interviewing for jobs, one of the most attractive features to me was a clear opportunity for me to advance at the organization. This is certainly a motivating factor!