Jobs…Your Choice or Theirs?”
In a recent poll,
96% of participants indicated one of these 2 answers to this
What is the primary issue today preventing you from being
promoted in your current job?
83% said that
there was no opportunity for advancement in their current job. 13%
stated their relationship with their boss held them back. Let’s
examine each of these separately.
currently over 11 million job openings in the U.S. today. That
number has remained constant for over a year. We must assume that
those who answered this question wanted to advance. So how is it
that employees perceive that there is no opportunity for
advancement where they work?
1) Do they not have
the skills required for advancement? Is there an opportunity for
those who want to advance to get the skills required for
2) Does your
organization have a clear career path for those who want to take on
more responsibility? Having a career path gives the employee a
target to achieve through their own
3. 3) Has the employee
shared their goal to take on more responsibility with their
manager? Has the manager inquired about the employee’s short and
long term professional goals?
4) Have employees
been cross-trained so that they may display their skills in various
roles? This function helps managers determine which jobs they are
best qualified to perform.
5) Is the
organization really not growing? Or, is it contracting so that
there really are no opportunities for advancement?
Why do team
members view their relationship with their boss as the primary
reason they are not advancing?
1) Is there a lack
of trust between the employee and the manager? Is this because
either one of them, or both of them, have not been truthful with
2) Is there
perceived favoritism shown to other employees? If so, what is the
reason for this?
3) Is the manager
not doing their job and that is affecting their
Is the employee
not performing to standard and not being held to account by the
5) Do the
personalities of the manager and the employee cause consistent
I recommend that
managers follow the T.A.S.T.E. leadership model to identify those
who want to advance while helping them to reach their goal. If both
parties mutually Trust each other, hold each other
Accountable, Support each other, be Truthful,
and achieve mutual Empowerment, (T.A.S.T.E.), then qualified
team members will not feel the need to change jobs in order to
advance their careers.
That is today’s
(Due to my participation in a 3 day seminar next weekend the next
Morning Minute will be on 3/7/23).
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