According to a recent statistic, the number one reason employees quit their job is the desire for more career growth. However, when an employee expresses desire for more growth in their career, they often mean they want the opportunity for more job mobility. So, what exactly is job mobility and why is it so important for the long-term retention and happiness of employees? According to zenefits.com, the term job mobility refers to promotions and career advancement, or a change in job role that benefits the employee’s career growth.
Some examples of job mobility can be
A promotion or title change
A shift to a different team or department
The opportunity to lead a project
A transfer to a new location
The ability to work remotely (which might mean traveling the country while working)
The ability to consistently learn new skills
Employees who feel they have the opportunity for mobility within their company are much more likely to stay with their company for an extended period of time. Job mobility also affects employee productivity, morale, and retention.
As an employer, it's important to find out what is most important to each employee as it relates to career advancement and happiness on the job. For some it might be vacation days, for others, working remotely or financial. Everyone is different. So, when you’re interviewing potential employees or reviewing job roles with current ones, remember that it’s important to let them know how the role will provide them with career development and mobility.
As a potential employee, you'll want to ask plenty of questions as it relates to company growth, advancement and flexibility. Don't expect to be promoted overnight, but you need to understand what the opportunities are in the future and how you'll fit into those. If working remotely is important to you, be sure to express that during the interview. You need to ask these questions up front instead of taking a job and being disappointed along the way. Let the employer know what's important to you. This will positively affect your overall performance, happiness, and longevity in the new role.
Well, that’s all I have for now.
Special thanks to Amber Mitchell for her assistance with this blog post.