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Talent Management in a Post-COVID World

By Nick Holley 3rd August 2020

There is a danger that talent management is another HR fad – a solution looking for a problem. It was first mentioned by McKinsey in their ‘War for Talent’ report in 1997. Since then it has been widely adopted by HR, but like so many HR terms there is a danger that it has been undermined by the way it has been implemented. We have seen some great examples but also examples of talent management processes that are:

Time to Rethink Careers for the New World of Work?

By Gillian Pillans 22nd July 2020

For those tasked with designing career frameworks and talent management processes, much of the current talk about careers isn’t terribly helpful.

How Culture Impacts Attitudes to Risk

By Steven Toft 1st July 2020

The big question facing many businesses right now is when to return to the physical workplace. How do you balance the health risk of re-opening with the economic risk of not doing so? What is it reasonable for a company to do, given its duties to its employees and its shareholders? The management and mitigation of risk is therefore at the forefront of much discussion in businesses in the aftermath of the COVID-19 lockdown.

A New World of Virtual Learning

By Nick Holley 23rd June 2020

The title is deliberately provocative and misleading. HR and Learning and Development people are hailing a new world of virtual learning driven by lockdown and the number of people who are working from home. The first thing to say is this is nothing new. Perhaps it has become more ubiquitous, but virtual learning has a long history. In 1728 Caleb Phillips offered lessons on shorthand sent weekly so they would ‘be as perfectly instructed as those that live in Boston.’ The term ‘distance learning’ was first used by the University of Wisconsin in 1892. In 1953 the University of Houston offered the first televised classes. IBM developed 'Coursewriter' in 1965 that included most of the functionality seen in present day learning management systems. The first web-based course was taught at Penn State University in 1995. It isn't new.