In our recent employee opinion survey, staff in the finance department identified rewards, recognition and career advancement as their top three concerns. Which area should we focus on improving first?
— Priority Setter, Utilities, South Carolina
Our executives have told us they want everyone here to “think like a leader.” The thrust is to get people to take ownership and hopefully boost engagement/morale and make us generally more productive and a better place to work. We have good leadership programs in place but have never applied a leadership model across the entire organization. Although this sounds like a great idea in theory, how do we put it into practice? Where do we start and what steps do we follow?
— Aiming to Please, distribution, Gaithersburg, Maryland
How do I convince my supervisors why they need to be accountable for employee development? Some of them get it, but others seem to view this as an increased responsibility that belongs to the HR function. What training resources could I use to make the case?
— Not Persuasive, staff coordinator, health care, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Our leadership team is looking at several managers for potential promotion. All the candidates are good, but we can only promote one. There isn’t a great deal to separate them — each person has assets and deficits. Since the margin of difference is small, what can we do to make sure we make the right choice? — Talent Scout, director of development, electronics, Scottsdale, Arizona
Do you know if there is any kind of normal attrition or resignation numbers for industries or size of companies? What is considered normal?
—Not Sure When to Worry, automotive, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Is there any logical grouping or hierarchical order of the factors that affect talent management? For example: imprecise career paths, engagement, skills development, subjective performance assessments.... Are there rules about which ones are foundational and which ones get built on the foundation?
—We Need a Solid Foundation, training and development program leader, telecommunications, Montreal