Employees Unhappy with Career Growth Opportunities

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Quantum Workplace study reveals hits and misses for employee engagement through professional development.

Seventy-two percent of hostile, actively disengaged employees report not receiving enough opportunities for professional development and growth, according to a new study by Quantum Workplace. Comparatively, only 43 percent of engaged employees shared the same sentiment.

The 2013 Engagement Trends Report published by the same company shows that having access to career growth opportunities is a key driver to employee engagement, and lack of such programs leads to higher turnover as employees seek these opportunities elsewhere.

“Being a career coach of your people is the surest way to build trust and retain talent,” said Greg Harris, President and CEO of Quantum Workplace. “Our latest research helps inform organizations which opportunities they should prioritize.”

The new study examines what employees want in terms of development, including whose responsibility employees think it is, what types of opportunities they want, and their satisfaction with the development they’re receiving.

Highlights from the report include:

  •     Eighty-one percent of employees believed identifying development opportunities is a shared responsibility between employees and their managers.
  •     Fifty-four percent preferred job-specific training to technology training, people skills training, and academic learning.
  •     Eighty-five percent of hostile, actively disengaged employees said coaching from their boss doesn’t happen often enough.
  •     Webinars were ranked lowest among other learning formats.
  •     Tuition reimbursement for college credit and internal company training were the most popular types of development opportunities.

The report also discusses differences by various demographics and provides action for leadership, human resources, and managers to take based on the results of the study.

The complete report, Employee Development Planning: How to Keep Them Happy and Engaged With Programs They’ll Love, is available at http://www.quantumworkplace.com/employee-development.

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