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Who you know tops job performance when it comes to moving up in an organization, according to a survey of 516 workers in the U.S. and Canada.
The survey by talent and career management experts Right Management was conducted from May 16 through June 15, 2012, and found:
“Workplace cynicism sure runs deep when merely one-in-three thinks it is merit that opens up opportunities or influences advancement,” stated Monica Morrow, Right Management’s senior vice president of career management, which provides talent, career and outplacement services for Fortune 500 companies.
“It’s unfortunate so many workers think politics drives promotion,” she said in a news release. “And it’s certainly wrong, too, since organizations are doing more to identify promising talent and shape their development.”
Top management should be concerned, she noted, that some respondents reported there was no clear criteria for advancement within their organizations.
Combing the 44 percent of those who think business politics propels one’s career and the 13 percent who don’t know what it takes to get ahead, “we get [nearly] 60 percent who aren’t plugged in to what ought to be open and fair development options,” she observed. “No wonder employers so often find their people so unsatisfied or disengaged from their work.”
Morrow offered the following tips to employees looking to get ahead:
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