Time to spring clean your competency framework?

If you already have a competency framework that has been in place for more than a couple of years, it may be in need of a strategic review and see how it’s working for your business. Probably a good first step is to look at how and where your competencies are used and where they can be reinforced.  To help, here’s a list of the reference points and factors for you to bear in…

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Building on Talent Management trends

Six weeks into 2016 and we’re seeing a sharp increase in HR decision-makers ready to take the positive steps needed to take on the Talent Management trends we were seeing  last year. Trend #1 – The expectations of a Talent Management system in terms if its accessibility, interface and experience have risen dramatically. Employees and managers now expect to be able to access data and information anywhere and at any time – whether this in on their smartphone,…

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Will the trends in talent management of 2015 play out in 2016?

Before we start with the talent management predictions of 2016, let’s take a moment to look back at 2015 and the 5 core trends in talent management we witnessed. Expectations of a Talent system’s accessibility, interface and experience rose dramatically. Employees and managers expected to be able to access data and information anywhere and at any time – whether this was on their smartphone, tablet or desktop – and be presented with a workflow and visual…

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The Consumerisation of Talent – hosted by Head Light

In these times of increasing employee choice and the ‘portfolio career’, do we think about the talent in our organisations as consumers?  And do our Managers? Do we segment our workforce to tailor our engagement programs, to develop career and succession plans which reflect their needs, to make feedback, growth and performance conversations a way of life and an offer that appeals to ‘top talent’? Recent research by the Henley Business School…

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Improving Talent Management by learning from Marketing

We believe that HR teams can look at improving Talent Management in their organisations by borrowing five techniques from marketing. Think of your employees as consumers of the career you offer – keeping them engaged will keep them loyal.  Aim to understand and meet their needs – just as your organisation attempts to meet the needs of your customers. Your marketing colleagues don’t think of your customers as one homogenous…

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Create a Talent Management Strategy: take your business forward

Creating a Talent Management Strategy will give you cohesion and integration of your talent activities, a clear alignment with your business strategy and a common talent language for your people to understand. But typically talent activities grow organically and rarely do we take stock, and look at them as a whole. The key is to understand where you are now, what you need to do going forward to support the…

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Selecting talent management software?

We’re preparing to meet senior HR and L&D decision makers at next week’s HR Inspired Conference – and to talk through with them how best to implement and deploy talent management software. If you’re thinking about introducing or updating talent management software, below are some questions you may want to ask your potential suppliers. 1. We’re starting to look at introducing talent management software in one area of our talent…

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Head Light announces partnership with CoreHR

Head Light today announces that CoreHR, a leading provider of HR and Payroll software to organisations in the UK, Ireland and Europe, has become a Partner of Head Light. Ian Lee-Emery, Managing Director at Head Light comments: “Head Light shares with CoreHR a real commitment to offering intuitive and easy to use software to those organisations ready to improve their HR and talent management capability.” CoreHR will work with Head Light’s…

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Avoiding ‘should’ in 360

In a 360 review, asking someone what their managers or co-worker should be doing is over-stepping the mark. In our recent blog post we talked about there being four deadly mistakes when carrying out a 360 programme. We’ve explored two of those four mistakes in other blogs and now we look at what you are asking of your raters. Some 360 degree feedback tools we’ve seen ask a person to rate…

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360 informs talent management far beyond development

If you’re using 360 to inform development plans, that’s great – but you may be missing out on the value it can bring to other aspects of your talent management strategy. A key strategic need in organisations is to have the right people in the right place at the right time. Whether you call this talent management or succession planning, the point is that you must understand what skills your…

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