Is career management an overlooked key to innovation?

February 14, 2017 | Workforce Development

Innovation cannot happen in a vacuum. As employers, what are we doing to provide people with the tools to be innovative?

According to a 2014 Environics National Survey commissioned by CERIC on the state of Career Development in the Canadian Workplace, “71% of employers said they have responsibilities for employee career management, however, only 29% felt they were doing anything about it.”

Opportunities for on-the-job training and professional development play a key role in equipping employees with the skills and tools they need to develop and manage their career and help businesses grow.

“Indeed, good career management has a strong link to high productivity, faster time to market and higher customer satisfaction. It is led by the individual, can take many different forms and is not necessarily focused on promotion or mobility. Instead, it is rooted in the understanding that career development occurs when employees have increasing access to unique experiences.” – from Challenge Factory President Lisa Taylor’s Retain and Gain: Career Management for Small Business Playbook, published by CERIC.

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