However the most interesting piece for me was Peter Howes’ session which included some insightful inputs on WFP but particularly this slide on career management.
Peter notes that upwards promotion can’t be an effective focus for career management. So in the data his group at SuccessFactors (previously InfoHRM/Inform) has collected, 50-60% of employees are never promoted and about another 30% will only have a maximum of another two promotions.
We therefore need to think more laterally about careers, including progression horizontally into other roles, but also including projects and placements. There’s nothing that new about this (see for example Deloitte’s book on Mass Career Customisation, and it was also a key feature of Josh Bersin’s presentation I saw recently) but I did think Peter’s conclusion was very interesting – that the goal for many companies should be four transfers for every promotion (a career path ration of 0.25).
I don’t have the data Peter has but I have to say that this feels about right.
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