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UK – Issues costing organisations top talent

18 December 2013

Ineffective talent management and development strategies are costing organisations their top talent, according to a recent survey carried out by global talent management firm a&dc (Assessment and Development Consultants).

In a survey of over 200 talent management professionals, a&dc uncovered that, for the first time, a lack of career development is the number one reason for staff leaving organisations, with 63% of respondents acknowledging that this is a direct factor. The results also highlighted that salary expectations are not being met, which ranked the second most popular reason (51%), followed by a lack of learning and development opportunities (20%).

The growing trend in HR teams looking to do more for less was also revealed in respondents noting that their three most important strategic priorities are to improve efficiency/operations (72%), improve business processes (65%), and reduce costs (63%).

The report also exposes that this streamlining of processes is impacting the development of future leaders, with over a quarter (28%) reporting that their organisation’s ability to develop these individuals were less than effective.  Those organisations who are investing in developing talent are doing so at the top of organisations (42%) and in graduate levels (43%), but the middle layer is being squeezed, with much less of a focus and investment on development for middle management (just 27%) and high potentials (33%), which is expected to have a direct impact on succession planning, and is a short-sighted strategy.

These results suggest organisations are risking losing top talent by failing to provide appropriate development opportunities for staff, as Pip Clarke, Principal Consultant at a&dc, explains: “As the global business arena shows increasingly positive signs, organisations are looking to build internal teams to support business growth, but this will simply be a waste of investment if talent retention is low. The results of the survey indicate that many companies are losing talent unnecessarily due to budget restrictions and the focus on efficiency; a particularly risky approach in an increasingly competitive talent market.”


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