Tom Haak, founder and director of The HR Trend Institute, argues that a big challenge for organizations is to make talent management urgent, and to make it a priority of today, not the future. With this in mind, however, it’s good to be prepared for what’s coming in 2018. Haak has provided the top talent management trends of 2018 in his article, “8 talent management trends for 2018,” available here.
We’ve read the article, and pulled the top four prominent trends for 2018.
Employees are always looking for ways to improve themselves in the workplace, or improve their work habits. Performance consulting and feedback is definitely the practice you’ll want to implement to help people grow and become better at their jobs. Regular and granular feedback, with guidance, based on real performance will help give employees an idea of which perfomance areas they need to improve.
More often than not, HR practices (including talent management) are focused on individuals. This is good, but at the same time, teams are known to be the major building blocks in most organizations. Developing and strengthening talent teams is still an underdeveloped practice, according to Haak, but will get more attention in the coming years.
The better your employee’s experience is at the company, the better for company branding and promotion. You see stuff like this all the time, on Twitter for instance, there is a hashtag for #myfirstday – people like to share positive experiences. If you take the time to get to know your employees, their wants and needs, and follow through with trying your best to cater to them, the better their experience will be. In turn, employees will want to stay with the organization and even recommend it to others.
Talent analytics are also seen as the foundation of all talent management initiatives. The most important talent management trends can be implemented, as they are fuelled by talent analytics, according to Haak. Unfortunately, not many organizations utilize talent analytics, and are still exploring the possibilities. This is something Haak thinks will change in 2018 as well.
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