Complex career paths

For a vision of what’s happening to the corporate promotion structure, consider Deloitte’s Mass Career Customization program. Beginning as a way to keep talented women productive during and after pregnancy, the program offers flexibility, allowing Deloitte employees the ability to make lateral moves. Sometimes these moves would involve a change of roles, or an increased focus on telecommuting. Depending on the nature of the move they may involve a pay raise or a pay cut. More employees, and not just women, require this kind of flexibility. The old “move up or move out” philosophy no longer applies. Instead employees’ careers follow more complex paths, moving from side to side and up and down as life situations dictate.