Employability Quotient & Replacement Quotient


Too much vertical growth is injurious to health of employee and employer. Let’s try to understand what is vertical and horizontal growth of an employee; well if I hire someone for a particular function of my company and regularly promote him for the same function & increase his team size this is vertical growth, now horizontal growth is if the same employee is being assigned cross functional and cross departmental responsibilities consequently enhancing his skill sets this would come under horizontal growth. Monetary benefits would generally remain same in both the growth types. So how come too much vertical growth is injurious to health of employee and employer.

Let’s take employee perspective first, everyone should continuously gauge where he stands in the job market, what is his / her demand with respect to the skill sets acquired under the current employer this defines your  Employability Quotient(EMQ not EQ because is EQ de facto acronym for  emotional quotient). The second important thing is to gauge how much value you are giving to your current employer such that it’s tough to ask someone else do your current job this defines your Replacement Quotient(RQ). If your EMQ is high and RQ is low that means you are on right track in terms of organizational growth. Now too much of vertical growth would mean a generalist profile with little or no choice multiple skill sets consequently lower EMQ and higher RQ which means unsustainable growth within and outside the organization.

As for employer perspective too much vertical growth is likely to result autocracy, closed groups pursuing unjustified or blind favor ruining the harmony within team. Generally this will develop what I call venomous leaders who are incapable of rational decision-making as a result contaminate entire company culture. Bright people would always stay away from such organization so ultimately its employer who suffers. So employer should always strike a balance between vertical and horizontal growth.

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3 Responses to Employability Quotient & Replacement Quotient

  1. Dhriti says:

    A well articulated comparison between Employability Quotient & Replacement Quotient with proper and impeccable vindications……. i liked it

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  3. shibri says:

    vertical growth is important bcos there is no use of jack of all trades n master of none.but after a certain point of time its better to move on to explore other stuff .Going horizontal means learning things u dont know much of and learning according to me is one thing which should not stop at any point of time at any cost.

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