Talent Management

Workforce development or workforce disaffection?

14 Oct 2015 | Paul Daley

Many large businesses build their workforce development plans on the creation of a corporate elite who are fast-tracked to become the leaders of the future. But could this model of talent management be seriously flawed?

Treat your people more like machines!

07 Mar 2014 | Wayne Turmel

Many organizations treat their machinery better than they treat their people. The reason is pretty simple. Thanks to accounting rules, machines are viewed as investments and people as costs. But in today's service-oriented economy, this is madness.

Unlocking the value of HR

05 Mar 2014 | Dan Bobinski

At the heart of all workplace and management issues are people. It's people who make or break the bottom line, which means that your HR people can add real value to it – if you let them.

People power the top priority for CEOs in 2014

10 Jan 2014 | Brian Amble

Developing and engaging talent and encouraging employees to providing a good customer experience are the most pressing challenges facing CEOs in the year ahead, a new report from the Conference Board suggests.

Google more useful than the HR department

26 Nov 2013 | Brian Amble

The gulf between HR and line managers seems to be as wide as ever, with a new survey revealing that four out of 10 managers in the UK find Google to be a better source of information than their HR team.

Going global: the right talent in the wrong place

28 Aug 2013 | Brian Amble

The emergence of new markets will see a big increase in the number of workers taking on global assignments over the next decade. But a mismatch between where talent is needed and where people actually want to go is set to be something of a headache for global corporations.

Building talent intelligence

17 Jul 2013 | Shlomo Ben-Hur

It's stating the obvious that organizations succeed when they have the right people in the right roles. Yet many companies struggle with this, hiring, firing and promoting seemingly at random. The problem is that they lack talent intelligence.

The fragile state of talent management

10 Oct 2012 | Shlomo Ben-Hur

In theory, globalization ought to offer businesses a deeper pool of talent. Yet in large parts of the world, organizations are unable to find workers with the right skills. And far from easing, this situation is going to get worse. A lot worse. Here's why.

Nurturing talent?

08 Dec 2011 | Steve Huxham

A member of Richard's IT team is keen to expand her capabilities and is spending time on projects not formally within the scope of her job. Her supervisor sees this as a problem. But Steve Huxham's advice is to view this in the context of good talent management strategy.

Set up to fail? Nurturing high potentials

29 Nov 2011 | Cindy Wahler

Just because someone is a high performer doesn't automatically mean that they will make a successful move into a leadership role. But that's what many organizations seem to think – and in doing so, they are setting up their high potential employees to fail.

Unprepared for the unexpected

26 Jan 2011 | Brian Amble

Only around one in every seven U.S. organizations would be well prepared if their CEO suddenly departed, a new survey suggests, while one in five seem to have no succession plans in place at all.

Workforce issues critical to post-recession success

04 Oct 2010 | Brian Amble

As companies emerge from the recession, how they handle key workforce, leadership and performance issues will be critical in determining their success - or otherwise - over the coming years.

Increasing confidence as more staff jump ship

10 Jun 2010 | Brian Amble

In a sign of returning confidence, more Americans quit their jobs in the past three months than were laid off. So could employers soon see a stampede for the exit as their top performers quit for better opportunities elsewhere?

Not measuring up

08 Jun 2010 | Brian Amble

Implementing and measuring effective human capital initiatives is a hallmark of top-performing organisations. But only a quarter of companies have such initiatives in place and many more simply don't collect reliable information on crucial workforce issues.

Has HR finally hit the big time?

27 Apr 2010 | Dona Roche-Tarry

One of the ironic twists of the economic meltdown is that the very issues HR leaders have been voicing for decades are now the hot topics for CEOs and boards across all industries. That's good for HR - but it also means it needs to raise its game.

A war for talent or for dead wood?

09 Mar 2010 | Nic Paton

As we slowly begin to emerge from recession, a mass of disgruntled, unmotivated and disengaged workers will be trying to change jobs. But will this represent a threat to organizations or an opportunity?

The quiet crisis of the reluctant manager

25 Nov 2009 | Philip Whiteley

Has it ever occurred to you that responsibility for the vast bulk of an organisation's assets is typically in the hands of people without the aptitude, desire or capability for the task? No? But sadly, its true.

Preparing for the upturn

09 Nov 2009 | Dan Kaplan

Organizations that have sat out the recession with the attitude that their best people have no choice but to stay because of the scarcity of other opportunities are going to be in for a rude shock when the upturn finally arrives.

How to stop your 'snow birds' flying

30 Jul 2009 | Nic Paton

Rather than just clipping the wings of older "snow bird" workers, managers should use them as mentors, give them access to learning and be more flexible about how they work

War for talent isn't over

29 May 2009 | Nic Paton

Just because we're deep in a recession doesn't mean the war for talent has gone away. As we'll see when the recovery starts, the stories of its demise are greatly exaggerated.