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Rebuild Employee Trust: 7 Tips for Honest Career Conversations

Companies don’t foster open and honest career conversations. It’s time that we, as leaders, rebuild trust with our teams by having open and honest career conversations to help our teams unlock their career potential. Based on the best selling book, The Alliance, by Reid Hoffman, founder and chairman of LinkedIn, Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh.

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Rebuild Employee Trust: 7 Tips for Honest Career Conversations

  1. Rebuilding Trust Through Honest Career Conversations Illustrated by Brett Wallace
  2. There’s a dishonest conversation happening at work. And, it’s holding managers and employees back.
  3. Companies don’t foster open career conversations with employees - they presume lifelong loyalty
  4. And, employees hide their true career aspirations
  5. all too often jumping ship in search of a better opportunity to reach their goals
  6. Ignoring these realities limits everyone’s potential
  7. It’s time that we rebuild the employer-employee relationship
  8. through honest career conversations Here are 7 tips for managers and employees to rebuild trust
  9. These tips are based on the best-selling book by Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh
  10. Tip #1 - Think of team members as allies on a tour of duty....
  11. Tip #1 - Encourage team members to think of their careers as tours of duty that benefit both them and the company. A tour of duty is an agreement between an employer and employee that has a specific mission with a realistic time horizon and mutual benefit The entrepreneurial, flexible and creative team members you need will love these “missions”
  12. Tip #2 - Have the courage to discuss with your team that someday they may choose a career path outside of your company. These honest career conversations are necessary for building trust.
  13. Mike Gamson, LinkedIn’s SVP Global Solutions An example from one of our leaders “I have found that one of the best ways to create unique value for my employees is to help them plan for the life they aspire to lead after they leave my team one day”.
  14. Tip #3 - Discuss how you can work together to transform their career, and the company, while they are with you
  15. Mike’s promise to his team members is to work hard to build an environment where career trajectory happens Time Success Your career trajectory after joining LinkedIn Your trajectory without joining LinkedIn
  16. Tip #4 - Model honesty with your employees by being open about your own dreams and aspirations
  17. Tip #5 - Be sure an employee’s tour of duty has them building skills that make them a stronger professional (this will also make their LinkedIn profile stronger).
  18. Help your people make the best career decisions for where they want to go - even if it means they pursue another path Tip #6
  19. Tip# 7 - Welcome alumni to join your network and invite them to events and even another tour of duty if it’s a fit
  20. These tips will help recruit, manage and retain the superstar talent you need in today’s age
  21. To learn more visit www.theallianceframework.com
  22. Illustrated by Brett Wallace Special thanks to my colleagues Ben Casnocha, Esther Cruz, Mike Derezin, Dan Shapero and Mike Gamson for their insights on honest conversations Click image see more visual stories
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Companies don’t foster open and honest career conversations. It’s time that we, as leaders, rebuild trust with our teams by having open and honest career conversations to help our teams unlock their career potential. Based on the best selling book, The Alliance, by Reid Hoffman, founder and chairman of LinkedIn, Ben Casnocha and Chris Yeh.

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