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Survey Uncovers Gains and Growth Areas in Strategic Talent Management

Senior executives frequently say they want to see strategic leadership from their human resources (HR) teams, but many human capital management executives are left wondering how large the gap is between C-suite expectations and HR performance, and what successful organizations are doing to close it.

HR.com recently surveyed more than 90 HR leaders to find out. The insights are summarized in “Driving Successful HR Leadership: Talent Management’s Role in Core Business Strategy,” a new white paper created by HR.com and sponsored by Oracle.

Key findings among the organizations surveyed shed light on current talent management challenges. For example, the study found that

  • Improving sourcing is seen as the most effective way to decrease time to fill; however, social networking and improved screening are close runners-up
  • Eighty percent of the respondents focus on one of two tactics to improve retention: better employee engagement through clear goals and communication, and better career and succession management
  • Employee development is the #1 tactic used to retain top performers
  • Improved data analysis has the most significant impact on improving total compensation and rewards
  • CEOs indicate that people management is a primary driver of results, but less than 30 percent offer strong support for HR analytics

The white paper also looks at HR leaders’ top tactics for talent management, including how to improve retention, how to decrease the time to fill, and the best way to retain top performers. It also reveals where HR organizations have made gains in optimizing their talent management and where shortfalls remain.

Read the white paper.   

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