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The future of growth: Internal mobility and employee development

Danielle McClowAugust 10, 2023AssessmentsCareer DevelopmentCareer SitesQualificationRetention

As the employment landscape evolves, employees seek stability and growth opportunities within their current organizations. Strengthening internal teams drives engagement and retention and positions your organization for success, especially in tough market conditions. The challenge lies in managing these initiatives amid resource limitations and resistance to change.

Symphony Talent’s experts explore how organizations can overcome these challenges and embrace the power of internal mobility and development.

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Key takeaways:

What are some perceived barriers to gaining buy-in for internal mobility programs? 

Many organizations worry that internal mobility and development strategies might slow down their processes or spread resources too thin, hindering their ability to meet hiring goals. Additionally, past changes and adaptations can create skepticism about implementing new approaches. With support from a talent acquisition technology provider that provides strategic advisory and award-winning brand and creative support, talent teams can build a strong strategy, integrate recruitment technology, drive adoption, and measure success. 

Why include internal mobility and employee development programs in your recruitment strategy? 

Internal mobility and employee development are not standalone efforts; they should be considered integral components of a holistic talent management strategy. Organizations should utilize a blend of technology solutions, including internal career sites, CRM, and talent assessments, to create a seamless experience that empowers employees to explore growth opportunities and fosters trust among managers and team members. By focusing on transparency, development, and collaboration, organizations can unlock the full potential of their internal talent network and position themselves for long-term success.

What are the benefits of communicating your internal mobility and employee development programs both internally and externally? 

Internal mobility and employee development programs are powerful internal and external recruitment, development, and retention tools. For example, by showcasing your commitment to internal mobility and employee development in the recruitment and hiring process, candidates will better understand what it may be like to work with your organization and the level of investment you put into your teams. For existing employees, you will demonstrate the value you place in them and their growth within your organization. As a result, employees will be empowered and confident in their place within your organization, knowing career paths exist and the leadership team encourages them. 

How do you create a culture of empowerment and trust for current employees? 

Promoting internal mobility requires fostering a culture of trust and empowerment. Employees may hesitate to approach their managers about internal opportunities for fear of backlash. Development programs and internal mobility give employees greater control over their career paths, enabling them to navigate development opportunities and career shifts confidently. A strong focus on development can help match employees to roles that align with their potential, leading to increased engagement and retention. 

On the other hand, it empowers managers too. Managers often want to see their employees succeed but don't want to lose them to other roles or an outside organization. Creating internal mobility programs opens the door for conversations and training on how to support employees and identify skills for growth – it creates transparency between all levels of the organization. If an employee is not performing well in one role, their skill set may be better used in another role. This can be identified via skills assessments. 

Ready to learn more about internal talent mobility and employee development? Let’s talk!

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