Right Management survey finds British workers want more career chats with superiors

Less certainly isn’t more when it comes to communication.

A study of 4,402 employees by Right Management revealed that 69% of workers feel unable to initiate conversations outside of structured annual performance reviews, however much they would like to.

While employees think that more frank discussion would help them to feel more engaged and motivated in their work, a mere 42% of respondents felt a career development plan was available to them and only 35% felt that satisfactory technical skills development programmes were accessible.

Merely 27% were of the view that there was access to leadership development.

‘Employers need to start proving that they’re serious about nurturing this ‘career for me’ expectation that the next wave of talent demands,’ said Right Management’s Managing Director Ian Symes.

‘A performance review just once a year falls drastically short of achieving that’. He continued to suggest that many avoid meaningful talks with staff concerning their career prospects because they ‘cannot meet expectations such as promotion or training investment’.

This is indeed problematic for a variety of reasons. Frequent communication and discussion with employees not only promotes motivation, but improves talent retention. Failing to instigate this can be detrimental to performance and productivity.

Expecting employees to make the first move is unlikely to have much effect, as it can be understandably daunting for workers to instigate the topic – perpetuating existing issues and even widening the opportunity to others to develop.

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