[IPAC-List] Talent inventories
Blair, Michael D[EQ]
Michael.D.Blair at Embarq.com
Mon May 11 10:45:43 EDT 2009
I been involved in a few of these over the years. I'm not aware of an off the shelf tool designed specifically for a talent inventory, however, this is essentially the KSA side of a job analysis or needs assessment survey. The primary difference being a focus on level of competency, rather than importance, frequency, and needed upon hire versus learned on the job. If you already have a detailed competency model, then it's pretty much plug and play. If not, then you'll need to either develop a competency model or otherwise roll up KSA data across the various jobs within the organization.
A word of caution. Communicating, in fact over-communicating, the purpose of the study will be key to getting reliable results. Employees and supervisors tend to overestimate or inflate competency levels, especially if there are concerns about re-organization, compensation, or future opportunity, etc.. Regardless of how well you communicate, there will be a percentage that will not understand the purpose of the study and will be fearful of how the results will be used. I have done several similar studies as part of a gap analysis and the employee and supervisor ratings have been significantly higher than the assessment results, especially for non-technical skill sets. The more tenured the workforce, the wider this gap tends to be.
Michael D. Blair
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Subject: [IPAC-List] Talent inventories
Our organization is considering conducting a talent inventory (which I've also seen described as a skills inventory, skills database, or skills tracking) as part of our workforce planning and training effort. As I envision it, this would allow employees, possibly with supervisory approval, to identify competency areas and the organization could then see a rolled up version.
Has anyone done something like this and/or does anyone know of a product or tool that has been successful at doing something like this?
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