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Employee Development and Career Management

Employee Career Development

Manager Resources

As a leader, you play a key role in career development at the UW. Encouraging staff to reach their
career goals not only makes individuals' work lives more satisfying, it helps ensure the University's
continued success. By encouraging career development, you can motivate your employees to
achieve their best work, which in turn may increase their contributions to your organization and help
you reach your own goals.

As a manager, you can encourage your employees to pursue career development opportunities and
support their continued professional growth. Even in tough times, it's important to allot time and
money for classes, training, and other professional development opportunities.

Career Counseling for Employees

In talking to your employees about their career goals, you may wish to encourage them to take
advantage of PODs career counseling services. Training and Organizational Development Consultant
Susan Templeton is available for one-hour career counseling sessions to help employees assess their
career fit, write a rsum or cover letter, conduct an effective job search, or gear up for a job
There is an $95 charge per one-hour counseling session if paid with a UW budget number (with
supervisor approval), or $109.82 per hour if paid with cash, check, or credit card (due to a
mandatory institutional overhead fee). To set up an appointment, email Susan at

POD Quarterly Courses

Familiarize yourself with PODs Quarterly Course offerings in communications, fiscal management,
leadership, and other areas as a professional development resource for your staff.

Here are additional ways you can encourage and

support your employees:

Schedule regular discussions with staff members about their career goals and how to
achieve them. Regular conversations are a simple and convenient way not only to encourage
career development, but to show your interest in the people you manage.

Evaluate employee performance annually. Provide both positive feedback and suggestions
for improvement.

Recognize that job descriptions change based on the talents people bring to their jobs and

Update and adjust job descriptions as responsibilities change and new opportunities arise.

Reward good work by monitoring employee progress and reclassifying positions to reflect
changes in levels of responsibility.

Focus on developing the person, not just improving job performance.

Start an employee development program that allows all interested employees to establish
goals for professional development.

Guide the plan of action by checking in regularly on the progress of employee goals.

Ensure opportunities for applications of new learning appropriate to the employee's position.

The business world is undergoing unprecedented change. Organisations operating in this
complex business environment are constantly engaged in restructuring and downsizing processes,
facilitating mergers and acquisitions and embracing technological advancements to cope with the
dynamic pressures of globalisation. These changes at the organisational level have elevated the
importance of managing people at work, and in particular, the planning and managing of their
Arguably, people are the most valuable resource in contemporary organisations, and providing them
with a long term stable career is a win-win situation for both organisations and their employees.
However, during the last few decades the notion that individuals are also responsible to cater to and
build their own careers, instead of leaving it entirely to the organisation to manage, has been well
documented. Hence, career management requires initiative from both organisations as well as
individuals in order to provide maximum benefit for both. It is the goal of all quality organizations to
provide their employees superior opportunities to grow, both individually and as professionals.
has greater impact than hiring the right people and having them develop simultaneously with the
companys own growth. This creates continuity of management and knowledge and also an

for employees to thrive and grow. It has been frequently shown that appreciation and growth can be
stronger motivators for an employee than money and can result in reduced turnover rate, improved
customer service and ultimately generates higher profits for the company. With this in mind, it is
best to
lay out clear expectations for performance so that employees can achieve both personal and
growth. Employees should understand that their employer is committed to making every effort to
educate them so that they can expand their horizons and take on new responsibilities over time and

1 Head OB and HRM, Coordinator M.Phil (Management) Program,,

Institute of
Management, Christ University, Hosur Road, Bangalore 560029, 9902954910(Mob), 40129523 (Off)
2 Senior Executive Talent Acquisition Wipro Infotech,, WIPRO LTD. # 5,
Pappana Street, St.
Marks Road, Bangalore 560001, 9241859875 (Mob)Business Management Dynamics
Vol.1, No.5, Nov 2011, pp.24-31
Society for Business and Management Dynamics
Career management is the process by which individuals collect information about values,
interests, and skill strengths and weaknesses (career exploration), identify a career goal, and engage
career strategies that increase the probability that career goals will be achieved. The career
process involves career exploration, development of career goals, and use of career strategies to
career goals. The relationship between different aspects of the career management process and
development behaviour and performance was examined in this study. Employees provided
concerning their personal characteristics, career management strategies, their manager's support
career development, and willingness to participate in development activities. According to McDaniels
and Gysbers (1992), career development is the total constellation of psychological, sociological,
educational, physical, economic, and chance factors that combine to shape the career of any given

individual over the life span. Greenhaus, Callanan and Godshalk (2000) suggests that career
is an ongoing process by which individuals progress through a series of stages, each of which is
characterised by a relatively unique set of issues, themes, and tasks. Hall and Associates (1986)
career development as the outcomes emanating from the interaction of individual career planning
institutional career management processes. Career development as an HR intervention program is
about promoting linear career progression upwards through a layered hierarchy of increasing
responsibilities, financial rewards and more time spent at work. It is about helping employees to
change resilient, more secure in them and their future as the organisation adjusts to changing
situations. It is about increasing employability that broadens the range of potential job roles open to
individual and extends the value of their staying with this employer.