Mid-Market CEOs: BUILDING Strong Leaders Through Career Pathways

Career Pathing is an effective way to keep leaders engaged and motivated.

As a  Mid-Market CEO, it is imperative to ensure the success of your employees. By creating career pathways for developing leaders within your organization, you provide an avenue for employees to develop and progress in their chosen fields. This can benefit your business’s bottom line with highly qualified personnel and foster stronger connections between team members, thus maximizing employee satisfaction and ultimately leading to greater job performance and overall success.

Your employees are your most valuable asset as a business owner or manager. Developing career paths can go a long way in demonstrating your commitment to their professional growth and development. Investing in your employees improves their job satisfaction and motivates them to increase their productivity, ultimately benefiting your organization.

What is Career Pathing? 

In today’s fast-paced and dynamic work environment, professionals constantly seek ways to advance their careers. Career Pathways is a sequence of educational and work experiences that provide individuals with the necessary skills and knowledge to progress in their respective fields.  

Benefits of Career Pathing

If an employee is given the chance to move up in the company, they are less likely to leave their current job for one outside of the company. They will also be more engaged in their work. Career pathing tools effectively show individuals what skills they are missing, allowing them to develop a plan and take action to address those weak areas.  

Developing a Career Pathway 

Creating a career pathway or ladder is essential in achieving career goals and aspirations. The first step in building a job plan is determining your long-term career goals, skills, and interests. The next step is to research different businesses and jobs to decide which ones complement their goals and abilities. Finally, construct a plan for skill growth, including training, certifications, and education. Don’t forget that it’s essential to reevaluate the plan and make changes as work objectives change.

By creating a career pathway, individuals can take charge of their professional trajectory and achieve success in their chosen field.

Examples of Companies Who Have Created Successful Career Pathways

Creating successful career pathways is a challenge that many mid-market companies face. However, some companies have done so with outstanding success, giving their employees the tools and resources they need to advance in their careers. One such company is Amazon, which has created a Career Choice program that pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in high-demand fields. This program has helped thousands of Amazon employees gain new skills and advance in their careers.

Starbucks has a well-established career pathway system allowing employees to advance from barista to store manager. Deloitte makes sure to provide its employees with clear and transparent career paths, competencies, skill development opportunities, and performance expectations. 

Overall, designing and implementing career pathways is an invaluable resource for mid-market companies that want to keep their best employees and allow them to progress in their careers while increasing job satisfaction and benefiting the business. They provide a way for employees to grow professionally, staying with the company long-term while discovering new interests. They also offer current employees many perks, like learning opportunities, higher salaries, and greater job security.

photoCharles Good 
President, Institute for Management Studies
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