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Use them or lose them: Retain employees through career support

Only one in ten employees feels they have opportunity for long-term development with their current organisation, according to a new survey.

The research, carried out by YouGov on behalf of Fairplace, suggests that UK employers could be doing more to stimulate career development opportunities for their staff.

It found that almost two in five British workers have never had a conversation about their career with their line manager and of those who had, only 13 per cent found the experience very helpful.

The difficult economic climate can make it harder for employers to offer promotion or extra pay. As a result, it's even more important that they find creative ways to keep staff feeling that they are developing in their current positions.

Part of the process might involve regular 'career conversations' about future objectives and aspirations. Senior managers are in a position to offer valuable advice and feedback, and showing an interest in the career development of their workers can be a strong motivator.

Providing training opportunities could make the difference between engaging employees and leaving them feeling directionless. Some managers shy away from training their people, thinking it will encourage them to leave. The reverse may well be truer: workers who feel they are festering in stagnant roles will probably look for a way out - and not be very productive in the meantime.

Organisations that invest in their workforce will keep them engaged, excited and enthusiastic about their roles and also give them the skills to perform well in a troubled economy.

Acas offers practical training courses on Performance management, and can help organisations put the key components of employee engagement in place to strengthen productivity, innovation and retention.

Visit the Acas Training and Business Solutions area for more information.

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