Disappointed with career progression
A recent survey from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) recently revealed that nearly half (42%) of staff are disappointed with their career progression and feel that they are further behind than they would like to be at this stage of their career. Disappointingly, there is a tendency for individuals to blame outside influences on their slow progress, while in reality, there is a lot they can do personally to ensure they get, and stay, ahead.
CMI’s research found that while a fifth of employees accept that their lack of progression has arisen due to a lack of funds in their organisation, 9% actually blame their boss for not fighting their corner hard enough. Yet despite this attitude of pointing the finger, there are signs that employees are recognising that they could be taking proactive steps to address their slow progress. Nearly half (44%) are willing to work overtime on a regular basis to get ahead, 37% are prepared to take on extra responsibility for no extra money and 45% are also willing to consider taking a professional qualification.
However, despite the fact that nearly a third of those surveyed (29%) believe that a professional qualification helps an individual’s ability to lead people, teams and projects, just 4% are currently studying for a professional qualification and only 12% plan to do so “in the near future”.