Given the downsizing and restructuring in many organizations, how can organizations help employees with career management if there are fewer opportunities for promotion?

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Sadly, this is not a priority today in many businesses, but for those who wish to help their employees in this way, there are options.  One way is through cross-training, which means helping employees to learn how to do more than one job.  This benefits the employee and the business because the employee has more opportunities, if not for advancement, then at least for lateral movement, and the business has the benefit of a more flexible workforce.  Another way to help employees is providing educational benefits, for example, paying some or all of an employee's tuition.  This is often limited to courses that have some benefit in the particular business.  Still another way is by providing assistance with resume creation, job searches, and job interview skills.  When a business downsizes, this helps to ameliorate the resentment and unhappiness that ensues, and it is actually good marketing for the company if its downsized employees are able to speak highly of the help received.  Additionally, if the company wishes to bring back a valued employee when business improves, it has not burned its bridges.  There are also various government programs available, through state and/or federal government, for workers who are losing their jobs, and a good human resources department will have some knowledge of these, to steer those workers in the right direction.  All in all, there are things that can be done to help, which benefit the business and the employees. 

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