In today's difficult economic environment, companies are placed in a difficult conundrum. Tighter credit markets, reduced consumer spending and general economic uncertainty are all placing constraints on an organization's ability to invest in its workforce. At the same time, companies must be able to develop a more productive, innovative workforce that can help differentiate the firm and position it for growth when economic conditions improve. Given these two opposing forces, how can organizations resolve this dilemma?
We believe that organizations can address this challenge by focusing their talent management efforts on a few, select positions that can truly influence the company's positioning in the marketplace. Rather than simply investing across a wide range of talent programs, organizations should pay particular attention to positions that have a disproportionate impact on the execution of corporate strategy and where performance can be influenced by different human resource interventions - the "focal" jobs within an organization
Based on recent research by the IBM Institute for Business Value, IBM and Kelly Services will discuss their experiences in identifying these critical jobs and how talent management can improve the effectiveness of individuals within this role.