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  • Service: Advisory, Management Consulting, People & Change
  • Type: Survey report
  • Date: 2/3/2014

The Fight for Talent 

Time for a more holistic approach to talent risk




Talent management is now firmly on the C-suite's agenda with organizations competing for top talent on an unprecedented scale.

Despite the increasing concern for talent issues, new research findings from KPMG International reveal that many organizations take a narrow approach to talent management – one that is steadily weakening their organization’s competitiveness and agility.
The resulting report - Time for a more holistic approach to talent risk - shows many organizations are seeing only half the picture. Many organizations are being driven to implement short term ‘point solutions’, ignoring the need to configure their talent management efforts in a broader, more sustainable way.


What does this mean for Canadian companies?


  • The survey reports organizations are downplaying talent risks in the areas of connection, diversity and performance management.
    • The lack of emphasis on "connection" is a concern given the nature of work today as well as the entry of younger generations into the workforce.
    • In Canada, downplaying Diversity has increasing importance with the recent announcement from the Ontario Securities Commission requiring companies to annually publish a description of their diversity policies. This new standard is the first of its kind in Canada and will likely be the catalyst for change in diversity in many organizations.
      • Retention continues to be a key concern consistent with last year's global survey - Canada rated this the #1 Challenge in the Rethinking Human Resources in Changing World Survey
      • Cost as a driver/concern is best considered a more balanced view of talent needs and challenges
      • The survey points to a difference of opinion between HR and line Managers about talent needs and priorities


Please contact us for more information on how your organization can minimize talent risk.




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Soula Courlas

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Laura J. Croucher

Partner, Advisory Services, People & Change Practice


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