[IPAC-List] Talent inventories

Blair, Michael D[EQ] Michael.D.Blair at Embarq.com
Mon May 11 10:45:43 EDT 2009

Bryan -

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
Manager, Recruitment, Selection & Assessment
Voice: 913-345-6334 | Cell: 913-832-6130 | Fax: 913-345-6417
Email: Michael.D.Blair at embarq.com
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/blairmichaeld

This e-mail is the property of EMBARQ and may contain confidential and privileged material for the sole use of the intended
recipient(s). Any review, use, distribution or disclosure by others is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended
recipient (or authorized to receive for the recipient), please contact the sender and delete all copies of the message.

-----Original Message-----
From: ipac-list-bounces at ipacweb.org [mailto:ipac-list-bounces at ipacweb.org] On Behalf Of Bryan Baldwin
Sent: Friday, May 08, 2009 5:34 PM
To: IPAC-List at ipacweb.org
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?


Bryan Baldwin
Staff Services Manager II
California Department of Justice
Division of Administrative Support
Personnel Programs
(916) 322-5446

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This communication with its contents may contain confidential and/or legally privileged information. It is solely for the use of the intended recipient(s). Unauthorized interception, review, use or disclosure is prohibited and may violate applicable laws including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. If you are not the intended recipient, please contact the sender and destroy all copies of the communication.
IPAC-List at ipacweb.org

More information about the IPAC-List mailing list