There is an epic shift taking place away from “talent” to a focus on “people.” Talent scarcity is still a problem, but engagement, empowerment, and work environments that are people-centered are now the real issues companies face.
We know this shift has happened because all our research shows that engagement and retention has become one of the biggest issues in business today (followed very closely by the need to give people education, training, and development). If companies can’t create a work environment that attracts people to the organization, top talent goes elsewhere. This is why new tools to understand the drivers of engagement, analyze and predict retention, and manage flight risk are among the hottest new areas of HR. (The annual engagement survey is rapidly becoming obsolete.)
A company’s ability to attract talent (the right people, not just anyone) is now one of the biggest differentiating factors in business. It is becoming increasingly important to assess your culture and find people who “fit” – fit with your strategy, your culture, your team, as well as the job.
Dialogue on cultural transformation provides the space for new-thinking about employees as “people”, and the impact of naming the HR organization “People Management” or “People Operations”. HR still has to do administration, but ultimately the job is changing to make sure “people” are engaged, trained, in the right jobs, aligned, and supported in a workplace environment that enables the organization to reach its full potential and strategic goals.
If companies start to think of employees as “people” or consumers (ie. they can always go elsewhere), then all of a sudden we think about “talent management” in a new way. It’s not just a way to integrate HR processes, it’s a series of strategies, programs, investments, and promises that make everyone’s life, work, and career better for them (not just the company). This is where work is going – we now work in a world of independent free agents, each of which is like a voluntary “consumer” who may choose to stay or leave.
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With 30 years in business transformation working with organizations, Joanna’s passion lies in working with leaders, facilitating active participation in organizational change, developing resourceful teams and aligning strategic objectives. Her goal is to help organizations become high performing and values-driven, where people take ownership, build commitment and bridge communication gaps. As CEO of the Culture Leadership Group, she ensures successful transformation from concept through to implementation.