Integrating Talent Management Significantly Impacts the Business

Latest Research From Aberdeen Confirms the Business Benefits

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - January 7, 2010) - Organizations that maintain disparate talent management processes, systems, and/or data put themselves at a serious disadvantage. Aberdeen's latest research report, "Integrated Talent Management: Improving Business Results through Visibility and Alignment," reveals that companies that have integrated at least two distinct talent management processes have 49% more positions with identified successors and averaged seven times greater year-over-year profit per full-time equivalent than organizations that have not integrated any talent management processes.

The report released by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), found that leading companies experienced a 19% year-over-year average increase in employee engagement as compared to an average 10% decrease among Laggard organizations. Not surprisingly, the research also found that top performing organizations are 150% more likely than Laggards to indicate that their talent management efforts are strongly aligned with their organization's strategic business goals.

"The key to organic organizational growth in 2010 will be the proper alignment of the workforce with a company's near- and long-term goals, and the integration of talent management processes, systems, and data will play a significant role in that alignment," said Kevin Martin, Vice President and Group Director at Aberdeen. "While our research shows the vast majority of organizations have only achieved integration across two or more elements of talent management, those that have are reporting superior performance gains."

Aberdeen's research also highlights the importance of collaboration between human resources and other functional "talent" areas (i.e. learning, compensation, etc.) to identify and work-around workflow bottlenecks. Additionally, it details the importance that integrating talent management plays in an organization's ability to measure and validate critical talent-related metrics such as quality of hire and bench strength.

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