Career Development Planning: 10 Tips for Employers to Help Staff

When considering a new position, people often wonder about career paths and growth possibilities within the library/organization. Managers who are willing to work with employees to offer guidance on advancing within their library may have employees who remain motivated and loyal. The author of this article suggests that managers who lay out what an employee can achieve and what it will take to make it happen can significantly increase retention of their staff and provide focus. However, employees should not expect their managers to do all their planning for them. There should be a partnership or mentoring relationship between managers and those they supervise, with conversations occurring regularly. Employees should have some ideas about where they want their careers to go. Otherwise, they may go in a direction not of their choosing. Employees should also understand that plans may change based on new knowledge, skills and interests gained, and the library’s needs.