Weekly Research Updates

How Boards of Directors can Drive Talent Excellence    10/7/2016


BoardroomSummary Three worldwide consultancies and an independent research group examine the changing role of Boards of Directors in managing organizational talent, explain what is driving those changes, review best practices, and provide tools to help boards drive talent excellence. 

Description Successful HCM programs are the products of successful cultures. This makes them, by definition, top down affairs, because strong cultures start at the top. The full support and understanding of senior executives and boards of directors are prerequisites.

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How Performance Appraisals Mislead   9/29/2016


Summary A seven year study of performance appraisals, what they do and how they work, including their associated employment outcomes. 

Description Employers hire job candidates because of the potential fit between their talents and aptitudes and the work being offered. Pre-hire appraisals (tests, interviews, background checks, references…) are supposed to help determine that probability. Post-hire measurements, i.e. performance appraisals, tell employers whether or not they did. Unfortunately, both appraisal processes are sufficiently imperfect...

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Improving Candidate Attraction   9/20/2016


TA SolutionsSummary  Four pieces of research address the technological requirements for competing effectively in today's talent marketplace.


Description Of the various phases of recruitment - discovering candidates, attracting them, qualifying them and onboarding them – none is more challenging today than the attraction phase. Technology has created extraordinary transparency in the job marketplace, making it easy to browse for job and career opportunities. While this would appear to make attraction less difficult—more talent in the market— the reality, even for superior employer brands, is the opposite. 

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