career block

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A career block occurs when a person cannot progress any further in an organization because there is an absence of new opportunities. The block is not the fault of the employee, but due to the organization. For example, a career block might occur if the organization has delayered so there are fewer promotion opportunities; alternatively a career block might be experienced by a woman who is faced with discrimination from senior managers who refuse to promote her (see glass ceiling). When employees experience a career block it usually means they have to leave to get promotion, although increasingly organizations are encouraging talented employees to take lateral career moves.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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