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How Ongoing Career Conversations Drive Business Success

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Talk The Talk: How Ongoing Career Conversations Drive Business Success

Talent has become the most important competitive differentiator for organisations today. Creating a culture that encourages Career Conversations will help an organisation attract and engage the brightest talent, while also encouraging all employees to take charge of their careers. While meaningful work connects employees to an organisation and its success, it is not enough. To foster deeper engagement and productivity, that work has to be embedded in a culture that invests in employees’ careers, enables informed career decisions and demands individual accountability for career growth. This requires organisations to actively facilitate a learning journey designed to help employees develop new capabilities and knowledge while providing longer-term career growth opportunities.

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Career conversations need to change, the future of British business depends on it

Today’s employees have a different set of priorities to those who came before them; from how they wish to navigate their career paths to the different aspirations they possess and working practices they desire.

The inability of managers to have the right career conversations at the right time is holding businesses back. Having the right conversations will make employees feel more engaged, happier at work and are more likely to stay. In turn significantly impacting a business’ bottom line.

Whether you’re a manager, employee, or working in HR, by downloading our latest whitepaper you can learn how to initiate and reap the benefits of effective career conversations, today.

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Gain additional perspective on Career Conversations from some of Right Management’s senior leaders.


How to Have a Purposeful Career Conversation with Your Employees

Author: Ian Symes, General Manager UK and Ireland, Right Management

Excerpt from this post:

"Retention is one of the top priorities for HR professionals. Many businesses are recognising that if they don’t take action quickly they risk losing their top performing talent. With the shift of power increasingly moving towards the employee, businesses are fighting a constant battle to hold onto their employees. From companies to remain competitive, employers now need to take a more proactive approach in the development process in order to align employees’ motivations and aspirations with organisation’s need to remain agile, adaptable and responsive."

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Solving Skills Shortages by Building a ‘Culture of Career’

Author: Ian Symes, General Manager UK and Ireland, Right Management

Excerpt from this post:

"The term ‘career-ladder’ is edging towards the end of its shelf-life and tomorrow’s workers are now thinking about their careers in terms of waves, not ladders. With that in mind, businesses need to make a more conscious effort to understand employees’ changing aspirations and goals in the workplace. Creating an environment where regular career conversations are the norm, essentially building a ‘culture of career’, has never been more important, not only to positively impact employee engagement, but also to help solve the much talked about ‘skills shortage’ that many organisations face. "

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Are You Building a Culture of Career Development?

Author: Morten Hegdal, Senior Consultant, Talent Management, Right Management

Excerpt from this post:

"A career development culture has a defined talent management framework designed to facilitate an individual’s career growth. It is not just a loose collection of resources"

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The Global Career Conversation Survey was conducted November-December 2015 to develop a deeper understanding of employees’ perceptions about the self-managed career process. Almost 4,500 respondents, from 15 countries (306 from the UK) and ranging in age from 25 to 55 were asked the most important questions employees have about their careers. The survey was completed by both employees and managers and the findings address many of the questions HR directors are faced with today.

Right Management is the global career and talent development expert within ManpowerGroup (NYSE: MAN). We help organisations become more agile, attractive and innovative by creating a culture of career management and learning that nurtures future talent, motivates and engages people, and provides individuals with opportunities to increase their value throughout their careers. We improve time to value through our expertise in organisational effectiveness, career management and individual development. Our approach is centered on the fact that organisations thrive when individuals are successful in their careers. We’ve spent the last 35 years identifying workforce challenges and developing innovative solutions, enabling our globally informed methods to be time-tested across more than 50 countries.

The inability to hold career conversations both frequently, or in the right way, is holding countless businesses back. Only by having the right conversations at the right time can companies truly understand how their employees tick and aid them in becoming empowered in their own career development. To make sure you’re having the right Career Conversations here are the main Do’s and Don’ts to be aware of.