Overall, the greatest proportion of government employees, believe that an employee should work for three to four years prior to advancing. However, millennials are much more likely to perceive that they should advance within one to two years of employment (Y-46%, X-32%, B-33%).
Government employees are close to evenly divided on the question of whether their organization is committed to career advancement. Among all survey respondents, 38% said their employer was committed to career advancement. Another32% of survey respondents said their organization is neither committed nor uncommitted. Millennials are much more likely to rate their organizations as being committed to their career development.
Government employees who rated their own organization as uncommitted or very uncommitted to career advancement most frequently mentioned the following reasons for doing so:
To explore how government employees pursue promotions, survey respondents were asked to select one of the four following types of career advancement strategies to identify the strategy that they themselves use:
One out of three (35%) government employees indicated that they pursue the climber career advancement strategy. Another quarter (25%) indicated that they do not use any of the career advancement strategies described in the survey. Millennials are much more likely than baby boomers to report being climbers and hedgers.
Government employees were also asked to identify the type of career path that is of the most interest to them. The survey presented these options:
Pluralities of government employees reported that career laddering (35%) and job redesign (30%) career paths are most interesting to them. Millennials (44%) are much more likely to find career laddering desirable than are baby boomers (25%).