Incentives have an important role to play in every organisations and the news media is no exception. It can be implemented in many formats, such as financial and competitive incentives. Within this particular case we feel that the incentive of a future career path is one of the most effective. This would clearly indicate to the employee that, providing they achieve certain goals, they would be able to advance their career throughout the organisation.
In the first instance such an incentive can be utilized to encourage the worker to take part in a training program. For example if a trainee successfully completes his training, he may then be offered the position of reporter or researcher.
The competitive incentive could also apply. Taking the trainee example, if there were ten trainees and only two positions possible within each of the next career steps, they would be aware that the better the standards of achievement, the more likely they are to move up the career ladder.
The system of mentoring is natural within human beings from childhood. We learn from others. This is extremely important within a career environment. In addition to training, learning from the experience of those who have the experience within the positions that an employee aspires to is essential. Mentors not only are there to guide and advise on the job role, execution and expectation, they are also able to advise on the corporations own particular policies and requirements.
Mentors are people who will train, impart knowledge and be there to guide and encourage the person they mentoring.