Monday, 8 March 2010

Embedding diversity into talent management strategy

Embedding diversity into talent management strategy will give organisations the edge when building for recovery, says new CIPD research according to a news release issued by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)today, 8th March 20210.

Diversity should be threaded through all talent management activities and strategies so organisations can reap the benefits of accessing and developing talent from the widest possible pool. This is the main finding of a new Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) research report, Opening Up Talent for Business Success: Integrating Talent Management and Diversity, launched to coincide with International Women's Day.

The research suggests that organisations, however, are not yet up to speed. Those that are dragging their feet are encouraged to catch up with the best in the field to ensure that they fully utilise the skills of all their employees in ways that are aligned to business objectives.

As such, organisations are advised to recruit and develop a whole wealth of diverse groups to nurture the unique perspectives they can bring. The research explores what is going on in UK-based organisations - through a series of structured focus groups of over 100 people, with a variety of HR directors, diversity and talent professionals - and adds to an increasing body of knowledge that places talent management as the top business concern in all economic sectors.

Five examples of good practice are also offered from Credit Suisse, BT, NHS Tower Hamlets, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Ltd (LOCOG Ltd), and the Guardian Media Group; organisations that all go far beyond compliance with discrimination law. The research demonstrates how they create an inclusive and open workplace by aiming for a seamless approach to the way they attract and develop people with the skills, abilities and potential to contribute their best.

Claire McCartney, resourcing adviser and co-author of the report, CIPD says: "The reality is that many organisations are not recruiting and developing the best possible candidates because they have not built diversity considerations into their talent management approaches. It's important that organisations see talent management and diversity as more, not less important, in periods of economic uncertainty to outwit and outperform competitors through their people.

By opening up talent opportunities organisations will benefit from a stream of differing views and practical answers to problems, helping them to reflect increasingly diverse customer needs and remain ahead of the competition.

Dianah Worman, diversity adviser and co-author of the report, CIPD, adds: "It is alarming to see the wide gulf between the leaders and followers. There seems to be confusion about how to link talent management with diversity without breaking the law, resulting in the issues being dealt with separately so that organisations miss out on the benefits of a joined up approach.

"Our research provides invaluable learning for organisations that have so far failed to make the connection between talent management and diversity, or that are struggling to see the business advantage of doing so."

Want to find out more about Diversity Training? Take a look at the jml Training website at

We have excellent feedback in the last few days on the jml Training Diversity Programmes from two of our clients.

"Irene ran the courses very well and her training style engaged all staff. The biggest compliment I can give is that almost all staff who went into the course thinking it was just "another diversity course", came out having found it both beneficial and really enjoyable" jml Training Client in Kent

"The staff really enjoyed the session. We thought Irene was excellent and it was a really practical and refreshing approach to the subject area." jml Training Client in Berkshire

So if you are looking for Diversity training, we would like to hear from you.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Very interesting yout post.
This info is very usefull for my job. I'm working with Chris Van Someren, and the the company is very focus on teh Talent Managment.
So thanks for sharing this :)