Sideways promotion a good thing
FLATTER management structures have eliminated a key reward system for talented employees, says global psychometric assessment leader SHL.
‘‘ The corporate ladder has become redundant,’’ says SHL director of professional services Ray Glennon. ‘‘ Vertical promotions are now less frequent and management positions more demanding. However, employees’ appetites for promotion have not been reduced.’’
Sideways promotions can be useful to retain talent, Glennon says. Skills assessment can be done to see if talented professionals will benefit from functional expansion, or a move to another department that unlocks their potential.
‘‘ Many employers mistakenly assume a high-performing employee will also be a highperforming manager. But an employee’s management potential is affected by more than past experience and qualifications,’’ he says. ‘‘ Rather than just promote and hope for the best, sideways promotions provide opportunities to train and develop future leaders with less risk to the organisation.’’