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November 21st, 2022 · 4 min read

6 ways to optimize your talent development strategy

The business benefits of talent development

The need for improved talent development in a digital world

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How to modernize your talent development strategy

Keep accessibility and scalability at the forefront

Break down organizational silos

Continuously monitor employee skills and competencies

Explore tailored learning solutions 

Integrate continuous improvement and learning into company culture

Leverage technology to enhance the employee experience

Talent development tactics to implement today

  • Manager enablement
    Research shows that managers have a major influence over their direct reports and their developmental journeys. After all, they are the ones that help employees set goals, review performance and discuss career aspirations. Work closely with people managers to help them stay knowledgeable on the latest L&D programs at your company and give them the necessary tools to speak with their teams about available opportunities.
  • Introduce dedicated professional development hours
    Promote a better work/life balance by providing dedicated time throughout the work week for professional development. What this looks like in practice is largely dependent on the structure of your organization’s working hours, but even something as simple as a one-hour meeting block once a week can be impactful. Taking initiative like this showcases to employees that your company is serious about development and is making it a real priority.
  • Host a company-wide innovation challenges
    Talent development doesn’t have to be confined to formal learning or mentorship. Consider introducing an annual event, such as a Hackathon or innovation challenge, that brings individuals together from different departments and encourages employees to brainstorm big ideas for the company. Make sure to give teams real time to work on these projects, and commit to providing funding or resources to make the “winning” idea a reality.

    This tactic enables cross-functional collaboration and allows employees to learn from their peers on other teams in a low-pressure, informal setting.

The future of talent development

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