career development in 2022

Redefining career development in 2022

In the new world of work, many professionals feel conflicted or confused when it comes to growth, their futures, and what career development really means. Many motivated professionals have taken career development into their own hands by hopping from job to job in order to gain skills and experience, and many have been compensated handsomely for their efforts. There’s a distinct disconnect between the traditional picture of career success (defined by position and promotions) and today’s morphing, expanding definition of careers and career development. 

We’ve seen this uncertainty play out through the Great Resignation and the Great Reshuffle, leaving employers wondering how to deal with employee dissatisfaction and hold on to their workforces. What we know now is that promotions and positions aren’t the entirety of career development. Instead, it’s time for a mindset shift in how we evaluate career development and the impact it can have on employee satisfaction.

Why the change? 

Even before the pandemic, organizations were experiencing significant flux in their workforces. Then, COVID came, and employees began to reconsider their relationships with work in parallel with other societal and paradigm shifts. The following is a brief summary of some of the common topics in professional circles over the past couple of years:

  • Employees of younger generations may not identify personally with their work or specific roles.
  • The experience economy, in which experiences drive greater happiness than objects, has been seeping into the workplace.
  • Employees want jobs that do more than just pay the bills.
  • Promotions are not as plentiful with increasingly linear org charts.
  • The ability for employees to work remotely has widened the talent pool.
  • A significant portion of the workforce is comprised of contractors and contingency workers.
  • The gig economy is changing employee expectations and behavior.
  • Employees expect, and even demand, more choice and flexibility.

Given these profound changes, a new definition and approach is needed for career development satisfaction and success. The good news is that many of the firms successfully recruiting talent in today’s workplace offer a wide range of opportunities beyond, between, and beside promotions and role changes. With the right training tools, employees can reskill, upskill, and take on new challenges that contribute to their career development and fulfillment. And it’s not only the employee that stands to gain—World Economic Forum research shows that wide-scale investment in reskilling and upskilling has the potential to boost GDP by $6.5 trillion by 2030. 

L&D can work closely with HR in the career development space

Where the promotions process has typically been managed by HR, the L&D function now has an important role to play in facilitating career development by providing tools for employees to learn on the job and chart their own career paths. Ongoing education can help employees think about their own careers and provide expansive learning opportunities that increase their skills and scope. Technology-based learning experiences can be used to train leaders to provide career coaching and counseling—which is what Blueline did for one well-known global company. 

The company’s goal was to attract, develop, and retain top talent by ensuring they were introducing career planning processes and tools that would maximize the right opportunities for the individual and the business—fairly, consistently, and transparently. The company needed help figuring out how to keep people motivated, fully engaged, and growing as they progressed in their careers through an equitable and empowering assessment and coaching process.

To do this, the company implemented technology that assessed individual employee motivations and likelihood of success as a leader. Everyone in the organization who wanted to be considered for leadership had the opportunity to be evaluated. But what if the assessment determined that an individual didn’t have the aptitude or for other reasons wasn’t eligible? What if people chose not to take the assessment, even if the company wanted them to? Blueline needed to help leaders navigate tricky conversations and ensure the right people were filling the leadership pipeline. 

Our solution was to develop an immersive, scenario-based simulation to help supervisors develop the skills and confidence necessary for effective pre-and post- talent assessment development planning conversations with employees. Equipping supervisors with these skills helped them to reframe career development beyond outdated expectations and better align with today’s dynamic, employee-centric environment. 

Embracing alternative avenues for development 

If organizations continue to equate career development with promotions, they’ll only perpetuate the expectation that growing means going somewhere—which includes going to another company! On the other hand, by reframing career coaching conversations in the context of learning and development, organizations can adopt a more inclusive and fulfilling approach that helps every employee plan for careers that maximize individual engagement and satisfaction. 

Is your organization adopting an integrated, transparent approach to career planning, performance management, compensation, and skill development? We can help.  

Contact the learning experts at Blueline Simulations. 

Recent Posts on the Blueline Blog

· Areas of Expertise

5 strategies to upskill your workforce in 2022

Driven by technological advances, business model changes from the pandemic, and new attitudes towards work, many organizations now need to identify and train for skill gaps within their current workforces. To address this need, companies are pursuing ambitious talent agendas that involve reskilling and upskilling existing talent to support the future organization. What exactly is upskilling and why is it important in 2022?

bluelinesims

Empathy, employee engagement, employee retention, ExperienceBUILDER, hybrid learning, Leadership Development, Onboarding, upskill

· Align

Redefining career development in 2022

We’ve seen this uncertainty play out through the Great Resignation, leaving employers wondering how to deal with employee dissatisfaction and hold on to their workforces. What we know now is that promotions and positions aren’t the entirety of career development. Instead, it’s time for a mindset shift in how we evaluate career development and the impact it can have on employee satisfaction.

bluelinesims

Career Development, HR, Leadership, Leadership Development, simulation

· Innovation

Is the metaverse the next dimension of L&D?

The new world of work is here, and organizations are exploring how to engage a new workforce and improve employee experiences. As many businesses start implementing social and learning interactions in virtual environments, mentions of the metaverse are entering the conversation. Is the metaverse the next dimension for L&D? Although it could hold great potential, the answer is that we don’t quite know enough yet.

bluelinesims

Capabilities, metaverse, Training, virtual reality

· Simulations

The problem with PowerPoint-based training 

The new world of work necessitates remote learning. But with minimal facilitator training and the limitations of synchronous virtual course design resources and tools, training can feel impersonal and learners isolated. As a result, its effectiveness is greatly diminished. With virtual and hybrid work, it’s time for trainers to provide immersive development experiences.

bluelinesims

blueline simulations, hybrid learning, hybrid training, hybrid work, Mobile Accessible eLearning

· Innovation in Learning

Can VR develop soft skills in a meaningful way?

Developing soft skills has become more important than ever in a hybrid environment. According to Harvard Business Review, 59% of hiring managers and 89% of executives surveyed reported having difficulty recruiting candidates with the requisite soft skills. One of the ways businesses are helping their people develop these vital skills is by using VR.

bluelinesims

Capabilities, hybrid learning, hybrid work, Mobile Accessible eLearning, soft skills, virtual reality, VR

Tel. 813.269.7467 Ext. 212 | 218 E. Bearss Ave. | Suite 419 | Tampa, FL 33613
All rights reserved. Explore Blueline Simulations | Privacy Policy