Did you have a long, hard day at work today, just like the
one yesterday? Workers are better able to withstand the daily grind if they know what tomorrow may bring, a new survey commissioned by Accountemps finds.
Fifty-four percent of working adults surveyed said knowing their potential career path was “very important” to their overall job satisfaction.
“Managers should ensure their staff see their potential to advance,” says Max Messmer, Accountemps chairman.
“If you asked most employers whether they communicate this, they would probably say ‘yes,’” observes Ryan Sutton, Accountemps senior regional vice president. “But the question is: Does the employee feel there is a path?”
“Historically, if you worked hard, you got promoted,” observes New York career coach Roy Cohen. “But these days companies may not want to commit to promoting,” he cautions.
It’s up to workers “to develop their own internal compass” and search out opportunities, Cohen says. Even just informal encounters “like just having coffee” with one’s boss are opportunities to ask questions that could help define a career ladder, says Sutton.
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