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Career Trends: Great Career Opportunities Drive Talent Retention

Mercer’s recent 2016 Talent Trends study indicated that more than a quarter of employees (most notably Millennials) say they plan to leave – even though they are satisfied in their current role – because they do not see a long term career in their organization or see better options externally.

This is at odds with the 70% of companies who report confidence in filling their critical roles internally. More needs to be done to help employees recognize the compelling career paths that exist within their own organizations.

Part of the disconnect stems from the fact that career path information is not readily available and career conversations aren’t happening regularly.

The problem also in part appears to be structural. Companies are at different places with respect to defining their job and career architecture.

The vast majority are creating new job levels and/or adding stepping stone roles – and there are regional variations. To learn more, go to our Talent Trends report.

Ultimately, this issue comes down to one of philosophy and architecture and being intentional about the employee experience. In this era of the individual, employees expect to have more of a voice about where, when and how they work – and this isn’t just about Millennials.

Individuals want to be fully informed about their choices for career development and advancement and want frequent conversations with their manager to help brainstorm possible career moves and strategize how to build their skill set.

This needs to be design driven, as it isn’t happening organically. In this talent demand economy, the onus is on the organization – and direct managers – to architect and inspire career experiences that have movement built in by-design.

Make sure your careers engage and inspire your people to keep their eyes on the prizes inside your organization – before it’s too late.

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