Here are a few tips for holding career discussions:
- Define Career: Talk to your employees about developmental growth and that careers are not just defined as upward mobility but also opportunities for progress. Ask employees if they feel they are ready to move up, would like a lateral move for more experience, or job enrichment in their current role.
- Provide a Roadmap: Your job as a manager is to help build a roadmap for where the employee wants to go. A job description of a future job the employee desires can be used to discuss a gap analysis…what does the employee have now and what do they need? Training and development fills the gap but it is up to the employee to follow the map for success.