career ladder

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Is a common metaphor used to describe how a career can be depicted as a series of steps up the organizational hierarchy. However, the notion of the career ladder is becoming less relevant because contemporary organizations are adopting flatter structures with fewer levels in the hierarchy—or, in terms of the metaphor, fewer rungs on the ladder. Instead, some organizations are encouraging lateral career moves, rather than upward moves, and so a more appropriate concept is the portfolio career.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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