“Lockstep careers” refers to the traditional, linear progression upward through the ranks of an organization and was widely favored for much of the twentieth century. In this model, employees and their managers created plans for advancement inside a job or function and then pursued those steps successfully or unsuccessfully based on employee performance and business needs. While this approach is still very common, the disruptions that have occurred in the past few years suggest it’s no longer fit for purpose. Today, forward-thinking companies with diverse, inter-generational workforces are pursuing career mobility that is agile and employee-driven.
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