The Importance Of Promotion And Career Advancement

Discover best practices and employees' focus on promotions and career advancement, focused on the example of the Gaming and Healthcare Industries.
By: Michelle Radvillas
Dec. 21, 2009 - PRLog -- Chicago, IL – For employees, an important aspect of the perception they have toward their job is based on their opportunity for promotion and career advancement.   This is one of the keys to creating a “Magnetic Culture®” which draws customers to the organization and talented employees to the workplace, and sustains an environment in which they are less likely to leave, and for the gaming industry it is not any different. In the gaming industry, only thirty-nine percent of employees feel that job promotions within their company are fair and objective.  In addition, only forty percent feel promotions within the company are based on performance.  This research illustrates that employees in the gaming industry are unsatisfied with the criteria in which managers use to promote employees within the company.  A commitment to promotion and career advancement in the workplace will enable steps toward the development of a Magnetic Culture® to raise the Engagement level of employees in this industry.

The gaming industry can look towards the healthcare industry for best practices regarding promotions and career advancement.  Over half of employees in healthcare feel job promotions in the workplace are fair and objective, which is over ten percentage points higher than the gaming industry.  In addition, employees who feel promotions are based on performance is fifty-four percent, fourteen percentage points higher than employees in the gaming industry.  One best practice the gaming industry can utilize to improve is to present employees with opportunities to further their education, thus strengthening employees’ skill sets to receive consideration for a promotion and advance their career.  Another best practice for the gaming industry to consider is to provide training opportunities for employees as well as feedback to employees who previously applied for a promotion.

“Oftentimes, gaming leaders are not focusing on being an “Employee Developer” as regularly as they should with their employees” explains Chris Dustin, HR Solutions Inc. Executive Vice President of Sales and Consulting.  “In fact, employees are less likely to believe that promotions are based on performance rather than a perceived favoritism if their leader is not working on a career development plan for their employees.  Importantly, employees must accept ownership of their career development plan and work with their leader to achieve their career development goals such that career growth is possible” recommends Chris Dustin. Creating a positive outlook for the gaming industry regarding promotions and career development can be developed by approaching employees with feedback about the skills necessary to qualify for a promotion. These best practices are the keys needed for managers to develop a path for employees toward a promotion.

HR Solutions’ Normative Database is comprised of over 109,000 respondents from 78 organizations of the Gaming Indsutry, all surveyed by HR Solutions, Inc.

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About HR Solutions, Inc.: Noted for its comprehensive research and actionable data, HR Solutions, Inc. is an international Human Capital Management Consulting Firm located in Chicago, IL, specializing in Employee Engagement and Exit Survey design, implementation, and results. For more information, please visit, or call 312-863-6104.
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