What if an organization could look at any employee and provide their manager with learning and development options that were customized to improve that employee’s development areas and build the skills and competencies that employee will need to advance? The ability to target trainings, job rotations, mentorships etc. to the employees that need and want them most can help high potentials shine and the change the trajectory of under-performers earlier. Additionally, organizations that know in advance which skills and competencies they need to can ensure these targeted development opportunities are filling future talent needs simultaneously.
Unfortunately, most HR/talent management functions do not possess this kind of 360 degree view of their employees and rely instead upon the personal opinions of individuals (e.g. managers and their employees) to direct an employee’s learning and development path. Integrating talent management technologies and processes can produce the range of talent data that, if properly managed and analyzed, will form the bedrock of decision making for learning and development strategies that can be targeted, deployed, measured, and continuously improved.