Creating a positive employee experience is a strategic priority for leaders in high-performing organizations. According to Gallup, half of any workforce is actively looking for a new job at any given time. This means it’s critical to focus on talent management strategies to attract, develop, and retain top talent in the workplace. The impact of such strategies is felt on Day One and continues throughout the employee life cycle.
We all understand the concept of the employee life cycle, and we appreciate how strongly the employee experience is impacted by the various programs and practices managed by HR. For example, onboarding processes can leave new employees feeling either energized or intimidated. Managers can provide clarity or cause confusion. Training and development programs can give employees confidence that their capabilities are growing with the company or leave them feeling stifled. The challenge for all HR leaders is a big one: deliver offerings, set policies, and nourish a culture that enables employees to do – and want to do – their best work. Easy? Hardly!
One of the most common hurdles expressed by HR professionals is that, while they intuitively know the needs of employees and the work to address or fulfill those needs, that work can sometimes get skimped or even forgotten entirely in the busy-ness of their days. So how can we become more intentional about the work we know intuitively to be needed?
One place to start is to think about the many touch points between your talent management strategies and the employee life cycle. Your work is an opportunity to not only bring great people into your organization but also boost their capabilities and their level of engagement.
Think about the power of:
- attracting the right people because your recruitment materials reflect your true value proposition
- reinforcing that promise as you welcome them into your company and introduce them to their new colleagues
- demonstrating your commitment to their career growth and success through a robust learning and development program
- building a “best boss” mindset and skillset among your managers, so they set their people and their teams up for success
- helping employees understand how their daily work aligns with company vision, strategies, values – something proven to be a key driver of employee engagement
Click on the graphic below for real examples of how talent strategies can bring more positive connections and experiences to life and, in turn, help your organization to achieve better outcomes.