Good leaders are invariably good communicators. But many managers actively avoid talking to employees about their careers. This is a mistake – an ongoing conversation plays a vital role in retaining people, keeping them motivated and nipping problems in the bud. This guide will help you start having productive career conversations.
How can a manager have a good career conversation?
It’s more than a yearly tick-box chat about someone’s performance over the past 12 months and it isn’t the HR department’s responsibility – they don’t know your team like you do. It’s a conversation, a frequent back and forth that complements an annual review by enabling ongoing feedback on performance and allowing managers and employees to make sure they’re on the same wavelength.
Career conversations empower employees to take control of their careers, helping them proactively build skills and address weaknesses where and when they need to.