02 March 2021

Career Mobility: It's About Mindset, Not (Necessarily) Movement

Heather Gilmartin Adams
Research Lead


  • Career mobility is a mindset about enabling opportunities, thinking beyond roles, and providing employees freedom to grow
  • There are 5 career mobility approaches: Ladder, Lattice, Agency, Outside In, and Reset
  • Different career mobility approaches help solve different business challenges
  • Orgs can find the career mobility approach(es) best suited to their needs by answering 3 key questions

The events of 2020 stressed many orgs' core people strategies. As leaders revamped their approaches to employee engagement, development, retention, and more, they came to see the power of an intentional career mobility strategy.

But mobility has changed. Career mobility once simply meant moving employees upward through an org's hierarchy. Now, it's a mindset about encouraging exploration, experimentation, and growth regardless of the form it takes: sometimes movement isn't involved at all.

This research uncovered 5 different approaches to career mobility, each of which helps solve different business challenges. This infographic summarizes our report on this topic, Career Mobility: Mindset Over Movement.

Click on the image below to get the full infographic. As always, we would love your feedback! Shoot us an email at [email protected].

Heather Gilmartin Adams

Heather is a senior consultant at RedThread Research. Trained in conflict resolution and organizational development, Heather has spent the past ten years in various capacities at organizational culture and mindset change consultancies as well as the U.S. Department of the Treasury. She holds a masters degree in international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelors degree in history from Princeton University. She has lived in Germany, China, Japan, and India and was, for one summer, a wrangler on a dude ranch in Colorado.


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