The Use of Career Anchors for Professional Staff During Change

International Journal of Applied HRM (ISSN: 1742-2604) Volume 2 Issue 3

Dawn Harrison


The recent history of English Local Government has been one of, seemingly, continuous change. This change has brought about the compulsory redundancy of many thousands of staff or their early retirement from local government employment.

For those who have survived this period the stress, conflict and pressure associated with change has caused great emotional upset and loss of career opportunities. Certain aspects of the work and job environment though have been found to provide individuals with a feeling of security and well-being during change. Different aspects of the work and job environment provide this sense of security and well-being for different individuals.

This article explores the means by which professional staff employed in local government are surviving the change process. This exploration has determined which aspects of their job and work environment they have relied upon to provide them with support and security during change.

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