Resource Box Header How Upskilling Can Close Your Succession Planning Gaps
How Upskilling Can Close Your Succession Planning Gaps

Creating a solid talent infrastructure is one of the most important elements of any business. This entails having people in place to prepare for when there are inevitable changes within the organization. One way to prepare for such changes in talent is through succession planning. This strategy typically works to identify high-potential employees within the […]

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The Benefits of Internal Talent Pools

In recent years, a well-executed talent management strategy has been regarded as an important foundation for achieving employee and business success. However, with the world of work experiencing such high-speed changes in recent years, businesses need to review their processes and account for the increased need to support rapid change. Being best prepared for the […]

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The Costs of Avoiding a Skills Gap Analysis

Skill gaps inside the workforce are becoming increasingly prevalent due to technological disruption, the shortened half-life of skills, and talent shortages. A skills gap analysis can help bring clarity for companies facing this challenge to understand the current state of their talent and identify their gaps. Fosway Group reports that Skills Enablement is the number […]

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Why Employee Engagement Matters to Your Customers

To keep companies growing and profitable, good customer service is extremely important. This helps ensure your ability to satisfy and retain the people who use your product or service. Research shows that having the best or most affordable product is not the main driver of keeping consumers loyal to your brand. In fact, 30% of […]

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How to Prepare Your Managers for Upskilling

Upskilling and reskilling are powerful strategies to combat the war on talent that we have seen in recent years following mass automation, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the subsequent Great Resignation. Companies are becoming increasingly aware of their internal skill gaps and the great cost of leaving them unclosed. By 2030, the US is expected to […]

Resource Box Header Why You Need to Compare More Than Skills During Talent Selection
Why You Need to Compare More Than Skills During Talent Selection

Every organization is made up of people who have skills and people who are responsible for utilizing these skills effectively. It can be challenging for managers to understand how to best align employees during talent selections to work productively towards greater business goals. When managers select employees to perform various projects and assignments, there are […]

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HR Automation: The Best Places to Start

AI and automation are topics that we are hearing about more than ever. They are applied to countless different processes and currently being adapted across all industries. HR is one of the many departments who is working to fully embrace the application of these methods due to the critical and dynamic nature of their work. […]

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Why Employees Need Better Manager Feedback

Despite employees’ desires to be successful and productive at work, many of us have found ourselves leaving meetings with our manager confused and unsure of our next steps. Bad communication in the workplace is not just frustrating for employees, it can be extremely harmful to the overall health of the business. Research by Gartner shows […]

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Benefits of Supporting Your Employees’ Career Aspirations

Do you have employees who crush deadlines, take on more responsibility and are knocking down their manager’s door for performance reviews? These attributes may describe your top performers and are most likely fueled by career aspirations. However, do you know what exact goals they are currently working towards? It may be an annual raise, or […]

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Turning Exit Interviews Into Action

Despite voluntary turnover being a normal part of any workplace, it can still come as a surprise when employees turn in their resignation letter. Most companies seek to learn from these instances with an exit interview, but are the takeaways being acted on in a way that can actually reduce future turnover? The information that […]

Resource Box Header The Journey of Employee Skill Growth
The Journey of Employee Skill Growth

Every employee in your company possesses a certain number of skills and these skills are likely at different levels of proficiency. Your talent could also have additional skills that the business might not be aware of at all. To obtain an accurate picture of all of these skills, organizations must have a way to evaluate […]

Resource Box Header Learning from Layoffs: Skills, Data and Alternatives to Consider
Learning from Layoffs: Skills, Data and Alternatives to Consider

In May 2020, news of the Covid-19 pandemic broke across the world. We saw an inevitable spike in layoffs across many industries as companies scrambled to adjust. Two years later, we are still witnessing high numbers of layoffs with the largest spike since the beginning of the pandemic occurring very recently in May 2022. Companies […]

Resource Box Header How to Solve Manufacturing’s 3 Biggest Skills-Based Challenges
How to Solve Manufacturing’s 3 Biggest Skills-Based Challenges

While the chaos of the pandemic affected all industries, manufacturing may have been one of the most directly impacted. Extreme supply chain issues affected cost, timing, production, and labor in such a substantial way that many companies were scared they wouldn’t be able to recover. The expectation for the aftermath of the pandemic was that […]

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Dynamic Skills: How to Prepare for Change

We are all familiar with how quickly our world is changing around us. Due to rapid technological advances and pandemic era business disruptions, one of the struggles this presents for the business world is the constantly changing and ever-expanding requirements of necessary skills. The pace of digital and industry advancement is demanding employees to learn […]

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How to Overcome the 5 Internal Mobility Blockers

Filling open positions is hard. Finding someone with the experience and skills you need, and then adding a good attitude, punctuality, and a willingness to get along with others make it even more challenging. That’s why it seems like the obvious choice for companies with open jobs is to turn to their current employee base. After […]

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How to Support Growth During The Great Resignation

New year, new normal? As we enter the new year, the past year ended with a record number of employees quitting their jobs. In November, 4.5 million US employees voluntarily left their companies, breaking the previous record in September of 4.2 million. As employees reconsider how they will spend their time on the job, there […]

Resource Box Header The 7 Most Important Reasons For Implementing Succession Planning
The 7 Most Important Reasons For Implementing Succession Planning

When HR.com released its recent survey called The State of Internal Mobility, Success, and Career Development, a lot of eye-opening data was revealed regarding the various reasons it’s vital for organizations to have succession planning secured within their internal processes. With this in mind, we felt it was important to highlight these reasons so leaders like […]

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Developing Internal Talent: What You Might Be Missing

Organizations across the United States and the world are suffering from a lack of talent as they continue to expand. Businesses are struggling to fill key roles that can help ensure the long-term growth of the company. The pandemic has changed the ways that employees see work and how employers are holding onto and finding […]

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Keeping Up With Your Dynamic Workforce

As we move forward in this disruptive period in time it is clear that companies need to adapt with the changes or run the risk of being left behind. Many businesses have changed the way they work, are developing new policies for where their employees will work, and perhaps are pivoting their products and services […]

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How To Retain Employees During High Turnover Times

Turnover is an issue that all companies experience. Holding on to and developing talent is a difficult task. Most companies generally have an idea of how many employees they can expect to lose in a given year. This number has recently exploded for companies of all sizes across most industries. COVID-19 has completely changed the […]

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Upskilling Employees at Scale with Amazon Web Services (AWS) Training and Certifications

In the IT services industry, having employees with the right skills, knowledge, and experience is the difference between selling your service or not. As more companies migrate to the cloud, cloud computing is identified as one of the most in demand hard skills. However, in a recent survey, 90 percent of IT decision makers report […]

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How to Create an Equitable Work Environment for Your Employees

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives are ubiquitous and perhaps talked about more than ever before, but it is clear that there is much more work to be done. This topic is very complex, and organizations have tried to put the right policies and practice in place to create more equitable work environments, but some […]

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How to Enable Rapid Workforce Redeployment

Employees are arguably the most important factor of an organization’s ability to compete in this present moment but also in the long term. An organization’s talent drives innovation and creates value. Turnover can cause drastic effects throughout an organization, such as the loss of company knowledge, which alone can pile on the costs from recruiting […]

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Performance Management Sample Comments

Below are examples of comments that would support individual ratings. These are generic in nature and examples only. Performance comments should be tailored to the individual employee and be based on the employee’s individual performance expectations. ANALYTICAL THINKING – The quality and quantity of work produced by the employee. Poor: • Has made frequent errors that […]

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Why Job Roles Matter

For most organizations, getting your existing employees to fit into a specific role can be a tough task, especially when the employee isn’t happy with their current position. It’s often the result assigning someone based on skills rather than the job itself. Typically, organizations looking to find someone for a position tend to look for […]

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How to Design a Succession Planning Template

Succession planning is a critical process for ensuring the long-term success of any organization. It is the job of HR to work with their boards of directors in order to create and maintain a proper succession plan. While there are many templates out there, it’s always best to design your own to ensure that your […]

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What’s the Difference Between Skills and Competencies?

Employees are often told that they have to improve their skills and be more component in their position in order to advance in their careers. Unfortunately, employees mistake skills and competencies as one and the same. After all, a skill sounds very similar to a competency to the average employee. This failure is the result of general knowledge and a lack of communication.

Closing skill gaps during tech disruption
AI in Talent Management

Artificial intelligence (AI) has rapidly grown in the talent management space but still many cannot sift through all the hype. Here’s what you need to know.

HR Tech 2020
The Key Takeaways from HR Tech 2020

The HR Technology Conference & Exposition was virtual this year and just like everything else that happened in 2020, it took some time to get used to the change. While we embraced this new format and appreciated the rest our feet and back were rewarded from the switch, there were some key takeaways for us at TalentGuard.  

Employee Retention Strategies to Keep Your Star Employees
Employee Retention Strategies to Keep Your Star Employees

Keeping your employees for as long as possible is a goal that every HR team should have. Less employee turnover will help to keep your company stable. Employee retention strategies are becoming more common as companies have taken attrition more seriously as they continue to realize the impact it has on their bottom line.