Career ladders create common language for defining jobs

Helping employees navigate their careers yields many benefits for organizations
By Claudine Kapel and Catherine Shepherd
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/29/2004

It is easier to undertake a major journey when one has a map of the potential stops along the way. The sign posts make for a smoother, more productive passage. The same can be said of career management.

Organizations that understand this principle recognize that helping employees to navigate their careers yields many benefits. Clear career paths help organizations to attract and retain talent. More importantly, they help leaders make informed decisions around compensation, staffing, promotion and succession planning, while creating a more engaged and productive workforce.

As a result, organizations are developing career ladders that integrate with — and improve — base pay and job evaluation systems.