A third of UK employees are disappointed with their career progression, the Employee Outlook Survey: Focus on Skills and Careers survey has revealed.
2,000 people were asked to consider key factors relating to their upbringing, education and workplace that affect whether or not their career progression had met their expectations.
Over a quarter of respondents said their career path had failed to live up to their expectations, and 29% said they could not show their strength or potential while they are in the wrong career.
The survey, commissioned by the CIPD, the professional body for HR and career development, found that the most common workplace factor behind career disappointment is poor career management, followed by a lack of effective career training programmes and negative office politics.
It was found that poor careers advice was one of the reasons cited as stopping employees from getting into the right career; and bad career management prevented them from getting on once in the career.
Ben Willmott, Head of Public Policy at the CIPD, commented on the study: “Poor careers advice and guidance is holding back too many people at the start of their working lives and contributing to the increasing gap between the careers that people end up in versus the skills that they have. This skills mismatch undermines career satisfaction, employee engagement and ultimately productivity.”
The CIPD recommends that employers should prioritise career management, review their approach to flexible working practices and improve access to career training and development opportunities to keep employees engaged.