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Talent Development: Real or Propaganda 73

Human Resource managers carry out the training and development of employees with the intention of inspiring better performance.

The term “talent development” has become quite the buzzword among HR professionals in recent years, and I will analyze the effectiveness of this term to describe the work of HR professionals.

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Overall, it seems that “talent development” does serve as the best way to describe the training and development of employees by HR professionals.

Originally, Human Resource managers used the term “training and development” to describe their work with other employees within the company. For the most part, this term adequately described the work involved. HR professionals trained employees with an emphasis on high performance. Organisations wanted trained employees to meet the requirements of their specific role, educating employees with a focus on the skills needed to accomplish their job but also with an eye on future skill needs.

Due to this many employees gained skills they would need to move up in the company and assume leadership positions. HR professionals developed their employees by developing numerous skills, whilst making an employee more adaptable to change and future directions of a company.

The HR professional pursued training and development the intention of creating a well-rounded workforce of skilled employees that could tackle any circumstance.

Recently, many HR professionals have embraced the term “talent development” to describe their work. It encompasses much more than the original term.

While HR professionals continue to train, educate, and develop their employees, they must also look at talent development, focusing on each individual employee and where they would fit career and skill wise. Research indicates that employees should feel that they have a strong and bright future with a company to remain in a job.

With this in mind, HR professionals now should work with employees looking at their personal development as well as where they want to go in their career development.

They want to make sure that employees have the skills and the awareness to take advantage of new challenges and opportunities. While traditional HR professionals might have used training and development strategies, now one should look at how to use talent development strategies in the organisation.

Overall, I endorse the term “talent development” as it encompasses so much more than training and learning and it is real to many of my co-HR professionals and me.

Instead, it encompasses a wide variety of skills that help employees turn their jobs into careers.

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Nicole Le Maire

Nicole Le Maire

Global People Advisor at New To HR
People are important, whether you like it or not. That is where I come in, it is my work and passion to improve your business, people and... bottom-line. My job is to help you and offer people insights in a transparent and understandable way. My diverse international (35+ countries) management and HR experience spans from start-ups to established organisations advising them through their stages of creation, growth, and stabilisation.
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