For larger organizations having a Career Management System in place is very helpful to account for attrition!
Finding qualified individuals is an ongoing challenge for almost all organizations. Therefore, building a system that will carve out potential career paths for their staff is a wise and cost saving measure that will pay huge dividends in the future.
Many organizations may also refer to a Career Management System as Succession Planning but I would not put them in the same category. A Management System is more of a system that will help make those decision for your organization versus top management officials making the choices. One could argue the advantages of both, but for the purposes of this article we will focus in on a Career Management System.
Although a good system could be either manually tracked or computerized, I would recommend going with a computerized Career Management automated system.
Although a good system could be either manually tracked or computerized, I would recommend going with a computerized Management automated system. You may involve an outside company to help with this process or design one yourself. Of course, designing your own system may be overwhelming, but again could pay great dividends if you are able to accomplish this.
Things that would go into your Management System as far as information would be the background educational and professional experiences of your eligible staff. In addition, you will want to input all in house and off site training events for those same staff members. From there you can go just about where ever you want to as far as inputting information that will help guide you and your staff to the career paths that fit right into your company's future.
The System will match up the individual's accomplishment with the requirements of the positions...
This additional information will be things like what positions they have held within your organization successfully. It may be any special projects that they have worked on. It may be the employee's short term and long term goals. It may be any special assignments that they have accomplished. The amount of information is endless. The more complex the Career Management System is the more precise the career path will be for your staff. That could work to your advantage or against it.
The System will match up the individual's accomplishment with the requirements of the positions within your organization whether they are currently available or not. Another huge advantage is that your Management System is a recruitment tool for attracting outside candidates as well. Especially for those who right out of school. If your organization does not currently have a Management System it may be something you want to look into.
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