gomez_mhr05_im_09 - Part Four Chapter 9 Developing Careers...

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Part Four Chapter 9 Developing Careers CHAPTER OVERVIEW (PPT 9.1- 9.2) This chapter focuses on the career development process. Firstly, career development is defined. Secondly, the major managerial challenges related to career development are explored. Approaches to assist managers avoid career development problems are presented as well. Then, the chapter ends by addressing three special issues in career development. These include managerial development, development through the life cycle, and self development. ANNOTATED OUTLINE I. What Is Career Development? (PPT 9.3) Career development is an ongoing organized and formalized effort that recognizes people as a vital organizational resource. It differs from training in that it has a wider focus, longer time frame, and broader scope. The goal of training is improvement in performance; the goal of development is enrichment and more capable workers. Recently, career development has come to be seen as a means for meeting both organizational and employee needs, as opposed to solely meeting the needs of the organization as it had done in the past. Now, organizations see career development as a way of preventing job burnout, providing career information to employees, improving the quality of work lives, and meeting affirmative action goals. That is, career development must be seen as a key business strategy if an organization wants to survive in an increasingly competitive and global business environment. II. Challenges in Career Development (PPT 9.7) While most business people today agree that their organizations should invest in career development, it is not always clear exactly what form this investment should take. Before putting a career development program in place, management needs to consider three major challenges. A. Who Will Be Responsible? 122
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Part Four Many modern organizations have concluded that employees must take an active role in planning and implementing their own personal development plans. Situations have led companies to encourage their employees to take responsibility for their own development, these may include mergers, acquisitions, downsizing, and employee empowerment. However, employees need at least general guidance regarding the steps they can take to develop their careers, both within and outside the company. B. How Much Emphasis Is Appropriate? Too much emphasis on career enhancement can harm an organization's effectiveness. Employees with extreme career orientation can become more concerned about their image than their performance. Some warning signs a manager should be on the lookout for include a heavy focus on advancement opportunities, managing impressions, and socializing versus job performance. Serious side effects of career development programs include
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2009 for the course MANAGEMENT 5689-9856 taught by Professor Nialamnu during the Fall '08 term at Indiana State University .

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gomez_mhr05_im_09 - Part Four Chapter 9 Developing Careers...

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