Workers Won’t Share Career Plans with Employer

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<p><strong>Princeton, N.J. &mdash; June 18</strong><br />Most employees are not candid with their manager about their career aspirations, according to a nationwide survey of 476 employed Americans by global consultants BlessingWhite.&nbsp; </p><p>Fifty-six percent reported that they seldom or never share their career plans with their employer.<br /><br />Respondents were asked: How candid are you with your manager about your career aspirations?</p><p>Their answers are as follows:</p><ul><li>I never share my career goals with my manager: <strong>25 percent </strong></li><li>I seldom share my career goals with my manager: <strong>31 percent</strong></li><li>I always share my career goals with my manager: <strong>42 percent</strong></li></ul><p>The findings highlight the challenge facing organizations seeking to develop and manage talent, said Christopher Rice, BlessingWhite CEO.&nbsp; </p><p>&ldquo;Companies devote considerable resources to career development, but if the great majority of employees won&rsquo;t share their goals, one wonders how effective such programs can be,&rdquo; he said.<br /><br />Many employees do not take time to make career plans, much less share them with an employer, Rice said.&nbsp; </p><p>&ldquo;The real problem may be a lack of clarity about career aspirations, not so much a lack of candor,&quot; he said. &quot;When employees are clear on their personal values and goals, their engagement is greater, as is their performance. Encouraging career clarity should be a starting point for both employee and employer.&rdquo;<br /><br />Among the survey&rsquo;s other findings:</p><ul><li>The strongest predictor of career reticence is age. The older the employee is, the less likely the individual is to share career plans. Seventy-four percent of respondents 65 and older are seldom or never candid about their career plans. This compares with 65 percent for those 55 to 64, 61 percent for those 45 to 54, 58 percent for those 35 to 44 and 45 percent for those 18 to 34.</li><li>Men are somewhat more reticent with employers than women &mdash; 58 percent to 53 percent..<br /></li><li>The less education the employee has, the less likely the person is to share career plans.</li></ul><p><br />Rice said managers can play a greater role in helping employees clarify their career goals and their fit in the organization&rsquo;s bigger picture.&nbsp; </p><p>&ldquo;Managers who take the time to learn what&rsquo;s important to their team members are in the ideal spot to help bring employee and organizational goals together,&quot; he said. &quot;Better alignment will result in greater contribution and career satisfaction.&rdquo;<br /><br />The telephone survey of 476 employed Americans was conducted for BlessingWhite May 25-29 by International Communications Research, Media, Pa. </p><p>Percentages are based on total respondents employed full-time or part-time who have a manager or are not self-employed.</p>

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