Leadership development top HR priority
Among the more than 2,200 senior HR leaders globally who participated in the survey, 46 percent identified leadership development as the top priority for 2014. At the same time, only 13 percent have confidence in the strength of their leadership pipelines to fill critical openings.
Among U.S. HR decision makers, 48 percent report that 2014 will be a year of growth marked by increased spending on talent management initiatives to help develop leaders and build talent pipelines. HR leaders in China/Hong Kong (88 percent), India (77 percent), Brazil (75 percent) and the United Kingdom (45 percent) also plan increased investments in talent management programs.
Globally, the top three talent management challenges: lack of skilled talent for key positions, shortage of talent at all levels and less than optimal employee engagement.
Forty percent of respondents report their senior management team “gets it” and makes the connection between investing in talent management and its business impact.
Forty-eight percent of global employers plan to broaden their employee engagement programs to keep top talent on staff – the highest response (59 percent) came from employers in Asia Pacific, with 85 percent of employers in China/Hong Kong reporting plans to broaden employee engagement.
In the Americas, management succession planning ranks as a higher priority (36 percent) than it does in Europe (17 percent) and Asia Pacific (31 percent).
Both Brazil and France report assessment of skills throughout the organization as the top talent management initiative for 2014, while Australia and the Netherlands cite team building and China/Hong Kong report executive coaching as top priorities.
Additional research conducted by ManpowerGroup focuses on talent shortage. Released in May, the ManpowerGroup 2014 Talent Shortage survey reveals that 36 percent of more than 37,000 employers globally are experiencing difficulty filling open positions due to a lack of available talent with the right skills. As part of that survey, the top 10 hardest jobs to fill globally can be found here. ■