Canadian Research Working Group

Research at Work...

Presentations have been made at provincial, national, and international conferences, describing our evaluation framework and some of the initial field-testing that has been done. These have been received enthusiastically and it seems to us that people in the field are eager to embrace the ideas and try to implement them in their work settings.

Career Conversations

This resource was developed under the Meeting Workplace Skill Needs (link to project description) project. It is an organizational capacity building intervention, where managers are trained to initiate career conversations with their employees regarding the employee’s career-life goals and how their current organization can help to foster the achievement of those goals. Career conversations will not always result in a specific decision or plan right away, but will set the stage for an employee to later clarify goals and set plans. This result is intended to be beneficial for both the employee and the employer. Supervisors and managers are trained in the skills to initiate and conduct career conversations with employees to help them articulate their own career aspirations, the competencies that they possess or would like to develop, and positions within the organization where those competencies could be put to use in a manner that these employees would find optimally satisfying and fulfilling. The intent is not for managers to be human resource specialists but that they will, separate from the annual performance appraisal process, have ongoing formal and informal conversations with employees regarding their future plans and how those plans can be realized within an organization.