Half of all bilingual professionals in Japan are unsatisfied with the progression opportunities offered by their current companies according to the Robert Walters Employee Insights Survey. And when considering new job openings, a set pathway to promotion ranks the highest amongst respondents, followed by opportunities for internal transfers locally or abroad.
The 2013 Survey examined worker sentiment on career progression and international opportunities in a rapidly globalizing Japanese market.
Rises in the number of new and replacement openings in Japan has created stronger worker sentiment and movement of professionals between companies. This activity is placing pressure on employers to not only attract, but also retain talented professionals.
According to the survey, over half of respondents feel their current progression opportunities are either weak (30.5%) or very weak (26.2%). In contrast, less than one in 10 workers would rate their advancement chances strong (7.6%) or very strong (2.1%). One third of professionals (33.7%) feel their opportunities are adequate.
Nathaniel Pemberton, associate director for Robert Walters Osaka, comments: "With low confidence for their advancement prospects, professionals will increasingly look to outside companies to further their careers. This is a troubling sign for employers as they will need to reengage and reward their current staff to retain strong performers."
The survey also examined what type of career progression is most influential when workers consider a new job opportunity. Among the respondents, a set pathway to promotion is the most influential (41.1%). Companies that provide transfers to other offices whether in Japan or abroad also rank highly (31.2%), followed by employers that offer education and training programs (25.5%). The least influential reason for joining a firm is whether a potential employer offers secondments to other departments (2.2%).
Pemberton said: "Attracting staff to your organization does not necessarily require strong financial incentives. More workers are taking a long-term view for their careers, so unsurprisingly many favor a transparent promotion structure that provides concrete goals to work toward. Internal mobility and training initiatives also rank highly amongst respondents, which is indicative of job seekers looking to position their careers favorably for the future."© Japan Today