Confusion over promotion means that 60 per cent of UK employees say that they will have to change organisations in order to progress their career, according to a new report from Investors in People.
The organisation said that its research had shown that British workers have little faith in their career prospects in their current role, with 48 per cent believing they deserve to be promoted in the next six months, but a third believing they have been overlooked for promotion in the past.
Staff were found to be in the dark about their firm's promotion process, with more than half saying that their company's approach to promotion was "a mystery" and 77 per cent unsure about how development in their role linked up to promotion prospects.
Over half (57 per cent) of workers surveyed called for clearer guidelines to the promotion process for staff at all levels.
"Managers should also remember that promotion isn't just about new titles or salary increase – for many employees, being given new responsibilities is more important," said June Williams, director at Investors in People.
"What's more, without new challenges, the temptation is to seek progression by moving on elsewhere. Not only does this cost employers as they spend time and money to replace them, it ultimately benefits the competition who are only too happy to snap up new talent."