Half of employees are frustrated with a lack of career development in their current workplace

One in five say their workplace doesn’t offer training to help them grow from their current position – but almost half are afraid to ask for training

Seven out of ten men have successfully secured a promotion by asking, compared to half of women
Seven out of ten men have successfully secured a promotion by asking, compared to half of women

Half of employees are frustrated that they have “nowhere to go” in their current job – as there are so few opportunities for advancement.

A survey of 2,000 working adults found that nearly a fifth (19%) said their job didn’t offer any training that would help them step out of their role.

As a result, workers are lobbying their bosses for more training and taking evening classes at their own expense.

But 30% actively withhold “secret skills” that are part of their current job’s job description.

And more than half (53%) now tend to look for new opportunities that are better suited to their skillset since returning to the office after lockdown.

Almost one in five say their company doesn’t offer training to then step out of their current role


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Professor Adam Boddison, chief executive of APM – the Association for Project Management – which conducted the study as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, said: “This study has given us a lot of insight into the constraints workers are facing in their feel work.

“However, it’s great to see that many have felt a nudge to think outside the box to better utilize their skills in other roles.

“So many people clearly feel they are not living up to their full potential and would relish the opportunity to maximize their communication, organizational, planning and project management skills.”

The study also found that over two-thirds (67%) of men have raised issues with management about their current job role – and seven in 10 have successfully secured a promotion by asking for it.

In comparison, only 50% of women were promoted after taking it upon themselves to ask management.

Of all adults surveyed, 21% feel “uncomfortable” when asking for a promotion or raise – and 11% believe their bosses are unresponsive to the topic.

But one in 10 people who have started evening studies on their own already feel very confident about leaving their current position and applying for another position with a better salary.

As many as four in ten believe they have leadership qualities that lie beneath the surface of what they present in the workplace.

And 38% believe they are proficient in project management and time management – which holds them back in their current role.

Professor Adam Boddison said it’s “great” that people are feeling encouraged to think outside the box


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It also found that almost half (46%) feel less confident about asking for training to improve their skills if it is not offered to them by their superiors.

But that feeling diminishes with age – 22% of 24-34 year olds feel strongly that way, compared to just 10% of 55-64 year olds.

More workers surveyed via OnePoll also said they would rather stay at their current company and work their way up rather than change careers entirely (38% vs. 22%).

Prof Boddison added: “It may be easier to try and stay in your own company and move up when that network is available.

“But our research has revealed that many of them have encountered a hurdle as to how far their current business can take them.

“There is a risk that employees will become essential to their department, so management is reluctant to let them move on and spread their wings.

“Managers who understand that what is best for the employee overall is what is best for the company is what you hope to find in the workplace.”

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