Career Paths in the Age of Uncertainty
Career Management – The Way Forward
Given the massive organizational contraction that has occurred in many parts of the world, and the on-going restructuring of what remains, is now even the right time to be discussing the topic of career management?
Isn’t this a topic more suited for better times, when the workforce isn’t so focused on survival?
Well, yes and no. But what if better times aren’t coming any time soon? What if forward visibility remains misty and unfathomable for a long time to come? What if our current circumstance is the new, enduring normal? If that’s the case, we gain nothing by delaying our engagement with the subject of career management. Career management is one of the tools we need to cope with today’s reality.
Right now, there are people out there, your workforce, who expect to hear from you about their future. They know they survived the cycle of layoffs (for the moment), but they don’t know what’s next or even what’s possible.
So many people are discouraged about their work-life, not knowing where they stand regarding career ambition doesn’t help. In the absence of usable information, employees will draw their own conclusions about the utility of lending their career ambitions in support of your current and future business plans. Their conclusions may not be what you would desire.
When it comes to career information, the workforce is not looking for miracles, they don’t want hype. What people want is an idea of what a career might look like in today’s context of uncertainty and change. But what can you tell them?
That’s what this document is all about; concepts and tools for re-starting the discussion of career management. It’s about meeting the vital needs of your organization, but also meeting the needs of your people to grow and prosper.