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Survey Finds Career Pathing Tied to Job Satisfaction

Survey Finds Career Pathing Tied to Job Satisfaction

For workers, “show me the way” can be just as important as “show me the money”.  In the survey, more than half (54 percent) of workers interviewed said knowing their career path is very important to their overall job satisfaction. Nearly one-third (31 percent) of respondents feel this feedback is at least somewhat important.

Workers were asked, “How important is knowing your potential career path to your overall job satisfaction?” Their responses:

Very important 54%
Somewhat important 31%
Not at all important 14%
Don’t know 1%

“Employees want to know how to get to that next rung on the career ladder,” said Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Human Resources Kit For Dummies ®, 2nd Edition (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.). “Managers should ensure their staff see their potential to advance and assist with their career pathing.”

But workers need to make their interests known, too. “Employees should ask their managers what steps it will take to reach the next level at the organization,” Messmer said.

Five career-related questions employees should ask their managers:

  1. Where do you see me going in the organization? Find out what your supervisor sees as your strengths and weaknesses, your potential to grow within the company and how long it will take to get there.
  2. What additional development and education do I need? Your manager can recommend learning and training opportunities and help prepare you to advance.
  3. Who should I be networking with — internally and externally? Identify the key players inside and outside the organization who can provide career guidance and industry insight.
  4. Is a mentor available? A mentor can provide hands-on guidance and insight into how to be successful and navigate organizational politics.
  5. Are there new projects I can take on to expand my skill set? Volunteer to lead new initiatives to enhance your abilities and help prepare you for greater responsibilities.

The survey was developed by Accountemps, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with 405 working adults 18 years of age or older and employed in an office environment.

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  1. This survey is so very useful for the Job satisfaction .

  2. What people need to realize is there are more entering the work place then going out. Just because you want to advance doesn’t mean there is an opening. Always be working to improve yourself. You will be noticed and when the person ahead of you advances, or retires you will most likely move up the ladder. Remember it will most likely take longer then you want.

  3. Just a thought….

    Is there a NEXT rung in the career ladder?

    These questions are powerful and may serve as an helpful testing tool for an employee to creatively “interview” their manager about advancement opportunity within the company.

  4. This is an excellent article – the questions are well phrased and should serve to make the person stand out from the field as a serious applicant.

  5. I will be sending this on to a couple of people that feel they are in dead end jobs. If they will follow the advice here, they could advance and be happy with their position.

  6. In order for workers to feel confident about job security (not only in their current organization, but in their chosen career path), they have to see, in their mind’s eye, where they will be 5 or 10 years down the road. They have to believe in the realistic possibility of advancement and be part of an organization that values mentoring and ongoing skills training.

  7. The 5 questions employees should ask their managers to climb their corporate ladder are excellent questions.

    Taking one step back, be sure that you truly want to be on that ladder. You should not want to advance just because of the money. Make sure the next step will help give you greater job satisfaction.

    For managers,it is very important to know the limits of your staff. Some people may be great at what they do and not so great with more responsibility.

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