- 25 years focused on the alignment and development of talent management processes with business strategy.
- 30 years of research at research institutions, universities, and consulting firms.
- Clients include: Allianz Life Insurance, Charles Schwab, Gap Inc., Genentech, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, PG&E, San Francisco Fire Department, Sony Computer Entertainment America, Washington Mutual, and Williams-Sonoma.
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- Companies have problems attracting the talent needed to fill key roles.
Sometimes this is a problem of not knowing where to find the right talent. But more often than not the issue is making your company more attractive than the competition.
In today's talent marketplace, paying people fairly and competitively is only the start. To win over prospective talent and bring them into the fold, companies need to focus on creating a culture that values flexibility and openness to new ideas as well as addresses employees' desire for feedback, growth and development.
- Companies don't have internal talent ready to take on leadership roles.
Often, companies do a poor job assessing the leadership potential of employees and developing them for more senior roles as they grow. Left on their own, most people will continue to do the work they know, which doesn't prepare them to take on more responsibility.
When companies fail to guide employees to develop skills and experiences needed for roles at higher levels, they end up needing to hire from the outside. This is expensive for the organization and frustrating for employees.
- HR programs and processes are not aligned with the business strategy or across HR processes.
Integrated talent management processes help organizations more effectively achieve their goals because each system is supportive of the others. This requires a common framework within which all programs are developed.
The process should begin with the business strategy and understanding the talent needs of the organization. This type of orientation gives HR a "seat at the table" and allows it to more actively help the organization achieve its goals.
- Companies lack the talent needed to improve company performance.
The talent management process which most directly affects a company is performance management. To improve company performance, a few things are critical:
- The goals of the organization must be clearly articulated and communicated.
- Employees must know how to set personal goals (or team goals) that align with company goals to ensure they are working on the most important issues driving company performance.
- Employees must get regular feedback on progress toward goal achievement so that they stay motivated to achieve those goals.
The organization must continually build capability in the organization by focusing on improving individual performance through ongoing development activities.
- Companies struggle to keep their top talent.
Employee retention is one of the most important issues companies face. As the war for talent heats up once again, retaining your top performers is critical to business success.
New opportunities are literally at employees' fingertips now. Social media and other online resources, not to mention recruiters, provide a never-ending stream of greener pastures for them to consider as they go about their lives. So how do companies hold onto the talent they want?
Research has shown that simply offering more money is not the way. Yes, you need to be competitive. But beyond that, you need to make your company the more desirable place to work. Research shows these particular factors are linked to employee retention:
- Career growth opportunities;
- A positive relationship with one’s manager;
- Trust in senior leadership;
- Ability to manage work-related stress.
(Source: TowersWatson 2012 Global Workforce Study)
Most employees don’t leave their companies, they leave their managers – so this is a critical relationship. Today, we expect a lot from our managers and rarely do we reward them for how they engage their employees. Good managers get to know their employees and assign work with their skills and interests in mind. They respect their employees and provide coaching and development.
Flexible workplace policies also help retain top employees. In today’s global world, we often work well beyond the traditional 9–5. Granting some freedom in where and when employees work allows them to better achieve a satisfying work-life balance.