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My name is Dianne and i'm from Malaysia. i'm currently doing my bachelor degree in business admin on a local university here. I need help in my HR assignment.. Please give me your comments or suggestions to the question below...
I will appreciate to those who can help..
More organizations nowadays are becoming less hierarchical. To be more competitive and easier to manage employees, organization structures are becoming flatter. There is not much opportunity for promotion or progress to the higher ranking. How do you think careers should be developed in this type of environment? Do you still believe that promotion is the only way to advance in career?

From Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu
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From India, Pune
Career development via promotion (to a higher ranking) is no longer the ‘trend’ or practice in today’s flatter organizational structures. However, this does not mean that there are no career advancement opportunities for employees. There are other ways that human resources can be managed in the area of career development in today’s business environment which is becoming less hierarchical.

Firstly, promotion to a higher ranking is not the only way to advance in one’s career. Today, many individuals find career advancements via lateral moves or “transfers”. The employee can seek transfers to another job within the same department or to a different department, or even different locations. The advantage of doing this is mainly learning opportunities which helps broaden the employee’s knowledge of another product or job responsibilities, acquire new skills and to gain more experience and exposure. This actually is one way of preparing the individual for an eventual promotion.

Besides ‘transfers’, another way of advancement in one’s career is via ‘secondment’, whereby the employee is temporarily reassigned another job; usually for several months or longer, with the objective of providing learning opportunities, like in the case of ‘transfers’, which again is one way of preparing the employee for an eventual promotion.

Due to lack of positions for employees to be promoted to a higher rank due to a flatter organization structures, another way of promoting employees is done via upgrades of one’s level of position. For instance, executives of managers can be upgraded from a lower to higher grade even though the name of the position remains the same. With the upgrade, comes the salary increment or increase in other allowance or benefits. A lot of times, upgrades also comes with additional responsibilities given to the individual, and can be one way of preparing the employee for a promotion which means taking on heavier and more important responsibilities in the future.

Finally, another way of career advancement is via ‘training and development’ to upgrade one’s knowledge and skills for preparation towards a potential promotion opportunity. For instance, for a potential promotion opportunity to the position of a Manager, individuals whose performance are recognized for promotion opportunity are required to undergo ‘Leadership and Management’ courses which requires them to attend classroom trainings, e-learning, submit projects and go through assessments. Other (larger) organizations also provide scholarships to performing employees to undertake part-time diploma or degree courses; or for more senior positions, a few chosen individuals are given sabbatical leave and all-paid expenses to further studies in a renowned overseas university.

In conclusion, promotion to a higher rank is not the only way to advance in one’s career as other more innovative ways that can be practiced especially for organizations with flatter structures are via transfers, secondment, upgrades, and training and development.

From Malaysia, Kota Kinabalu
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