Advancing Careers


It’s critical that responsibility for career advancement extends beyond individuals and is addressed with systems, policies, and a workplace culture that serves everyone. This guide details the importance of approaching career advancement as a shared responsibility between employee and employer; and examines equity issues in the workplace. It covers how social, cultural, and economic forces may steer individuals toward or away from certain pathways and how race and gender influence career progression.

You'll learn how firms and institutions can help support career advancement equitably by clarifying criteria for promotion, supporting networks, changing workplace culture from career ladder to lattice, and providing access to training and development.

New additions to Chapter 7 (effective December 2020)

  • Expanded text on historical and current challenges faced by Black, Indigenous, and people of color, with more information on holistically supporting employees affected by events outside of the office.
  • Greater emphasis on the importance of employees' perception of support, including suggestions for limiting the impact of microaggressions and the importance of communicating boundaries.
  • Clarification of the distinct values of networks, affinity groups, and mentors.


Chapter 7: Advancing Careers >

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