Supporting individual employees in building up career resilience and longevity
May 24, 2012 Leave a comment
In a recent piece in HR Magazine Penny de Valk, CEO of Fairplace Cedar argues for greater support for older workers. She comments:
“To attract and retain the best and most varied talent, businesses need to support individual employees in building up career resilience and longevity.
Steps that businesses can take to achieve this include:
- Asking why employees come to work. Understanding employees’ values and motivations enables businesses to maximise workers’ sense of purpose
- Helping individuals to understand how they contribute to the organisation’s goals. Setting clear, achievable objectives keeps morale high
- Ensuring individuals have someone to whom they can turn to for support. A career coach can help mature workers to plan for the long term”
All of these seem blindingly obvious basic steps. So why – by and large – isn’t this happening?