'A particular genus of carpenter ants (Camponotus fellah) exist in a complex social structure, where their first jobs see them caring for the queen and her offspring, and as the ants age many of them wind up working at more and more of a distance from the big cheese according to an academic paper released this week,' reports The Register.
This means, as they age they actually go down the career ladder – not up. And that can't be good for the recruiters of these positions.
This research proves why having an effective career planning process in place is essential when it comes to attracting and retaining staff in your company. After all, if a staff member no longer feels satisfied that he'll be able to achieve his career goals, he's more likely to leave your company in search of greener pastures.
Here's how concentrating on career planning can help you avoid this…
Why career planning is so important for managing and retaining your staff
'With the war for talent and scarce skills reaching critical proportions, you need to ensure you will be an employer of choice for current and prospective employees,' advises The Practical Guide to Human Resources Management. After all, 'your ability to offer career opportunities and opportunities for growth and development are critical success factors in attracting and retaining talent.'
And that means you need to actively help your employees map their careers so they know what their career path is and what they need to do to achieve their career goals.
Use these four tips to ensure career planning is a key focus in your company
So there you have it! By understanding your role in helping your employees achieve their career goals, you'll be able to retain talented staff and improve staff retention in your company.