Avoiding the subject isn’t an option if you care about your future.

People managers wear many hats: delegator, goal-setter, accountability-partner, brainstorming buddy, performance evaluator, obstacle-mover, resource-allocator, and more. (This, of course, is all in addition to their day jobs of actual work.) And there’s one critical role for managers that often doesn’t get addressed: career developer.

According to research by Right Management, the global career and talent development expert within ManpowerGroup, only 16 percent of employees indicate that they have ongoing conversations with their managers about their careers. 82 percent of employees report that they would be more engaged if their manager incorporated ongoing career conversations into their day to day reporting processes.

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