Nov 17 2016
​Talent management: How to keep your best staff engaged

People are at the heart of every organisation. It is your workforce that will ultimately determine how effective your business will be, and whether it can rise to meet difficult challenges in the future. Having a strong team is an invaluable asset, so why is it that far too often organisations fail to identify, develop and retain talented employees, leaving themselves short of the skills and experience which they need to maintain a stable and successful workforce?

Talent management is a systematic approach to attracting, engaging, motivating, developing and retaining talented people who are of particularly high value to an organisation, either because of what they can do now or because of their high potential. By using talent management, organisations make their employees feel valued, therefore they are able to retain good people.

The features of talent management will vary according to an organisation’s structure and needs, but it should be viewed as a systematic approach that touches on every stage of an employee’s career journey.

Using talent management in your organisation

Here are some of the ways that you can use talent management to benefit your organisation:


Sourcing, attracting and appointing the talent needed to meet your organisation’s current and future needs.


Articulating and communicating your organisation’s values effectively to attract the people who reflect these qualities.


Welcoming new recruits and ensuring that they feel valued and able to contribute towards the organisation’s goals.

Performance management

Communicating and discussing performance expectations with an employee to help you both plan their development to align with the organisation’s strategic goals.

Career development

Structuring a route for talented people to progress in their careers to help them develop the skills and experience they need to achieve their goals.

Leadership development

Structure activities and goals that allow a talented person to develop leadership skills to enhance the quality of leadership in your organisation.


Working with employees to determine their goals and the steps they will need to take to achieve them.

Succession planning

Identifying the types of people needed to fill key organisational positions and developing them to assume those positions easily when they become available.


Creating a culture which focuses on maintaining and a welcoming environment in which people want to stay and talented people in particular are retained.


Motivating individuals to commit to the organisations values and goals, encouraging them to actively contribute to its success.

Equality and inclusion

Removing discrimination and creating an environment of equality of opportunity, with everyone empowered to contribute and feel valued and respected for who they are.

Want to learn more? Our one-day Talent management course will equip you with the tools and advice to recognise talent and match it to your organisation’s needs. 

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