The Role of Career Development in Improving Organizational Effectiveness and Employee Development

6526 Words Jan 3rd, 2013 27 Pages
The Role of Career Development in Improving Organizational Effectiveness and Employee Development
Robert C. Merchant, Jr. Abstract Today's employees are more career conscious then ever. They are demanding more in terms of personal growth and development. Organizations that fail to allow employees to meet their individual needs will be losing valued employees. This paper will examine the role and importance of Career Development Programs in developing and retaining employees. A Career Development Program seeks to match to needs of the employee with those of the organization with the major components being counseling and training. Counseling provides employees with the opportunity to define career goals and to create plans within the context
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It is apparent this can be accomplished by implementing a Career Development Program in the workplace. This will enhance organizational loyalty among employees, result in higher levels of job satisfaction, lower employee turnover, and fewer employee complaints (Werther & Davis, 1992). Purpose Over the past several years, a number of highly-skilled and trained police officers have left the Altamonte Springs Police Department; it was not known whether these employees left for "greater opportunities elsewhere" or concerns about "no where to go". Information was gathered on former employees in hopes of identifying the reasons "why" they left. The data was analyzed and it was learned that a majority cited personal reasons or obtained employment with other police agencies. It was interesting to note that a high percentage of these officers had three years or less experience. This writer decided to examine the merits of a Career Development Program for the Altamonte Springs Police Department, not only to address the employee retention issue, but also to provide a framework for current and future employees to follow throughout their career with this agency. This research will examine the career development process and focus on those methods and techniques that have been successfully used by organizations in establishing Career Development Programs. This will also provide a framework from which a