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5 Facts About Careers Today

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By Colleen Casey

With the start of a new year and a new decade, your organization is undoubtedly reflecting on talent attraction and retention strategies that will support organizational performance in the years to come. With the current unemployment rate at a 50-year low, a talent management strategy has never been so crucial to your organization’s success nor so difficult to design. In a job market where the world is the employee’s oyster, what can we do to attract and retain top talent?

As you consider your organization’s strategy going forward, keep in mind these five career facts from our ongoing research on engagement and career development:

  1. Professional development is an essential element of employee satisfaction. Employees in our client organizations consistently cite growth as the primary aspect that would improve their job satisfaction.
  2. But career opportunities are limited. Just 28 percent of organizations consider internal candidates when filling vacancies, and fewer than two thirds of employees feel that they have career opportunities in their current organization.
  3. Many employees express uncertainties regarding their careers. While 13 percent of employees feel they do not have career opportunities, more than a third neither agree nor disagree. These findings indicate a certain degree of ambivalence around careers and a need for increased clarity and guidance about the topic.
  4. Unfortunately for some, the only way forward is out. Career is the second most common reason employees consider leaving their organization, and those who feel they do not have career opportunities are four times more likely to leave in the next year.
  5. Luckily, it’s not just about a new job. Employees cite skill development, growth, and formal career opportunities as top drivers of job satisfaction. This is consistent with findings in BlessingWhite’s 2017 career research, which indicates that 85 percent of the workforce sees no problem with staying in the same job as long as they can continue to develop their skills.

BlessingWhite’s research indicates that focusing on your employees’ career and professional development is a significant competitive advantage. Career has the power of driving deeper engagement and commitment to your organization while setting the stage to attract outside talent looking for an inspiring workplace where they can make a difference.

Take part in our latest career research and learn more about equipping employees and managers.

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