5 Building Blocks of an Integrated Talent Management System

Integrated skill management (ITM) describes the management of standard HR sub- functions (recruitment and choice, labor force preparation, performance management, learning and advancement, benefit and acknowledgment and succession preparation) in an integrated style to tactically take advantage of skill. An incorporated skill management technique need to be lined up with business technique of the organisation otherwise it will include no value to business, despite how great the technique is. The foundation of an incorporated Talent Management (ITM) System is a robust proficiency design that guides skill management method and techniques.

There are 5 foundations that comprise an ITM system, i.e. Philosophy of Talent Management, Talent Management Processes, Integrated Talent Management Information System, Governance Structure, and Talent Management Metrics.







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Skill Management Philosophy

Skill Management Philosophy describes a cumulative understanding of what is "skill management" as well as the school of idea (relating to skill management) the management group has embraced. We gain from organisational psychology that for any organisational change effort to be effective, it should be supported by the leading management of the company. It is for that reason essential that recognition of the obstacles dealt with by the organisation from a skill viewpoint, and how the company plans to react to the obstacles is revealed in a policy declaration of the organisation. The management of the organisation should settle on the directing concepts that will be used to handle skill in the organisation.

Skill Management Processes

Procedures are used as vehicles to change something from one type to another type. HR Practitioners need to move their frame of minds from a silo based mindset of handling HR sub-functions to a state of mind of using these functions as a vehicle to develop an organisational ability to bring in, engage, and keep qualified and dedicated workers. Each procedure operates as a means to an end and not an end in itself. It is crucial for owners of each procedure to understand the outputs of these cumulative procedures; otherwise the advantages of an integrated system will not be understood. The following is a short conversation of how each procedure adds to building this organisational ability (tactically leveraging skill).

Talent acquisition

The Talent Acquisition Process acts as a lever to pull skill from the external and the internal skill pool, but it does not forget the over-arching goals of the cumulative procedures (skill acquisition, skill engagement, skill advancement and skill retention). Firstly, the Talent Acquisition Specialist (TAS) should understand business technique and equate it into skill results (the quality and amount of skill) for the short-term (1 year) and the long term (3-5 years). The next action will involve developing if the needed skill will be offered (internally or externally) when it is required. Choices will be made regarding which skill to purchase (bring in and source externally) and which one to construct (establish). The TAS will not have the ability to make these choices (buy or develop) if he or she does not understand the depth and breadth of internal skill as well as what skill is offered in the labour market.

If the organisation has the luxury of time and has determined possible skill to be established, the Training and Development Lever will be engaged to start the procedure of preparing the recognized skill for the future functions. In a case where a choice is made to purchase skill for existing and future functions, the TAS will start a recruitment drive to fill present uninhabited positions and recognize skill allocated for future functions in the organisation. A skill bank will be developed where prospective external prospects' names to fill these future functions are taped. The TAS will not have the ability to release their responsibilities if they do not have a "Workforce Plan" and do not know what the organisation's Employee Value Proposition (EVP) is.

These 2 files will assist the Talent Acquisition Strategy and the methods to carry out the technique. The outputs from this procedure (Talent Acquisition) will stream into the On-boarding, learning and advancement, and skill engagement procedures. The EVP devotes the organisation on what value staff members will get from working for the organisation, thus it is incumbent on the TAS and other function players like HR Business Partners, HR administrators, Line Management, Learning and Development Practioners, and Compensation and Benefits Practitioners to make this proposal a truth.

Talent engagement: Skill engagement is the degree to which staff members dedicate to something or somebody in their organisation and how difficult they work and for how long they stay as an outcome of that dedication (Corporate Executive Board, 2005). Worker engagement enters result from the point when a staff member is on-boarded. The function of an on-boarding procedure is not practically a staff member understanding the policies of the organisation and preparing their workstations before they sign up with. The function of the on boarding procedure is to allow the brand-new hire to include value to the company in a brief area of time by training and supplying them with all the resources they need to feel engaged and valued in the organisation.

Skill Acquisition Specialists have an obligation to make sure that they hire the ideal person for the ideal job. If the brand-new hire does not fit the job profile and the culture of the organisation, the skill engagement efforts will not favorably influence the brand-new hire's engagement level.

Learning and Development as a function should also understand the proficiency spaces determined from the brand-new employees throughout the choice procedure so that chances for proficiency advancement are instantly produced. Other levers that are used to engage workers consist of Performance Management, Succession Planning, Recognition and Reward and Leadership Quality.

Talent advancement The skill advancement methods need to be lined up with business technique. The Training and Development Practitioner (TDP) should equate business technique into Talent Development results. The TDP ought to understand what organisational abilities connected to proficiencies (understanding, abilities, behavioural) should be established to allow the organisation to perform its technique. This does not mean that workers who have proficiency spaces connected to their present positions are overlooked, they too need to be established. Another source that feeds into the skill advancement area is the profession advancement needs of staff members, which need to also be factored into the training and advancement method. The profession goals of staff members need to be lined up with the long term strategies of the organisation which are shown in the profession courses and the organisational structures of the organisation. You would not wish to invest resources establishing staff members in specific instructions knowing that in the medium/long term, such abilities will not be required in the organisation.

There are 3 inputs (HR functions) that feed into the Talent Development Process, i.e. performance management, succession preparation and labor force preparation.

The possible followers' advancement needs are also moved to the Learning and Development platform. The LDP is an important function player in making sure that skill is established for future positions. It is needless to say that the LDP ought to understand the organisation's labor force plan so that he or she, in combination with line management sets a method in place to establish future skill. Talent retention The staff member engagement index (a procedure of worker engagement levels) works as a leading sign for retention. There appears to be an inverted relationship in between staff member engagement and labour turn over. A reduction in worker engagement ratings, leads to a boost in labour turnover rate if no action is required to enhance the staff member engagement ratings. It is necessary that your staff member engagement efforts are targeting what is crucial for the staff members you wish to maintain. Retention threat evaluations should be carried out with all staff members (those you wish to keep) in crucial positions and the High Potential Employees (HIPO). If you know what threat you have of losing them, you will establish a method to keep them and those that you cannot keep, a backup plan need to be put in place so that you have cover when they leave. Skill retention is not a when off intervention; it is a continuous procedure that intends to influence how staff members feel about their tasks, supervisors, coworkers, and the organisation. The quality of management has the most influence on the dedication level of staff members in the organisation, for this reason, organisations need to invest resources to continuously enhance the quality of their leaders.

To maintain skill, a company needs to understand what workers value, and align its practices with the EVP. A culture of "Employee Value" where everybody in the organisation, from a staff member on the shop flooring (quality of staff member) to the Chief Executive Officer comprehends and adds to an environment where the organisation's EVP comes true.

Integrated Talent Management Information System

Different HR sub-functions (recruitment and choice, performance management, succession preparation, training and advancement, benefit and acknowledgment) are used in numerous procedures of skill management and each HR sub-function produces information that is used for handling skill. An incorporated Talent Management System allows users to pull all these details (from different HR sub-functions) together to assist choice makers to understand the depth and breadth of skill at their disposal and skill dangers that they need to alleviate. There are different skill management info systems offered in the market. Some are used as part of the Enterprise Resource Planning, and some are standalone systems. .

Skill Review Committees

Skill management is the obligation of line management and HR supports line by making the tools readily available as well as providing training and assistance on the best ways to use the tools. Skill management must be a basic program product in the Board and Executive Committee (EXCO) conferences. Skill Review Committee's (TRC) function is to keep the concentrate on skill management alive, and to understand the skill runs the risk of the organisation is dealing with and establish and carry out a threat mitigation method. Governance structures take different kinds depending upon the size and intricacy of the organisation. For an example, an international organisation will have a TRC at a business level concentrating on the senior executive bench strength, a variety of TRCs per department, another TRC which makes up divisional agents that focuses throughout departments and practical TRCs. These committees will concentrate on different levels and different kinds of crucial positions skill swimming pools.

Skill Management Metrics

The old management expression popularised by Professor Deming that states "you cannot handle what you do not determine" also uses to handling skill in organisations. There are a myriad of steps that a person can use to determine the effect of skill management efforts, but before selecting steps to use, you need to develop from your customers (line management) which determines matter most for them. Internally, you will also wish to determine the outputs per procedure so that you can figure out if all the procedures are including value to the supreme result (business performance). There are 2 kinds of indications that need to be used when determining the results of skill management efforts, i.e. delayed and prominent indications. Leading indications (e.g. Employee engagement ratings) forecast the result, while lagging signs are historic in nature (e.g. labour turnover rate). As far as skill management is worried, the procedures need to help you address the following concerns:

What is the breadth of our skill (Bench strength/succession cover for crucial positions)? What is the depth of our skill (Readiness levels/ portion of staff members who are ready now, ready in the next year, ready in between 1 and 3 years)? What are the retention dangers (Percentage of staff members in crucial positions who may leave in the next year, 2 years, or 3 years; Labour turnover rate of important skill; staff member engagement ratings; management quality)?

Do we draw in the best skill (Number of possible prospects per important job)? Are we establishing our own skill (Number of workers with advancement strategies, cross practical moves)? There are different function players in the entire procedure of handling skill (from skill acquisition to skill retention) and to make sure that they all work as one group with the very same goals, they should all be determined versus the very same set of procedures.


A structure existed in this short article on ways to use an integrated technique to skill management. There are great deals of structures offered in literature with differing degrees of intricacies. What is essential is how you adjust these structures to your special environment.

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