career track or career path

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A metaphor to describe the progress an individual makes through an organization. Typically, it implies promotion through the hierarchy, although increasingly organizations are recognizing the importance of lateral career moves, particularly through wider use of project management. Employees who are fast-tracking through the organization are on schemes that allow them to progress more rapidly than normal—for example, graduates joining the police force are often on fast tracks to plain clothes ranks. Such schemes can be problematic because those on the fast track are often not in any particular role long enough to gain a full breadth of experience and may not see the full consequences of their actions. Moreover, there can also be resentment and poor motivation amongst those employees who have not been selected for the fast track.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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