Magazine article Workforce Management

Connecting the Talent Community

Magazine article Workforce Management

Connecting the Talent Community

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JUDY SWEENEY, VICE PRESIDENT AND HEAD OF TALEO RESEARCH I TALEO

Talent management has emerged as a key aspect of business management. Concurrently, technology has developed to support optimized talent management practices. Practices that evolved from the simple transfer of inefficient paper processes to digital files have now became connected online - limited only by the reach and breadth of the Internet.

Today, technology developments coupled with the need to achieve the next level of talent management results are combining to create a new opportunity: the ability to participate in and benefit from a talent community.

The Talent Community

The talent community is defined as a distributed group of talent management practitioners who interact virtually rather than face-to-face, for the purpose of sharing talent management knowledge, talent management solutions, and talent profiles. Members are linked not by their place of employment, but by their common use - across organizations - of talent management technology applications.

This virtual community is enabled by technology' and powered by user contributions. Members can tap into this extended community to create online forums, link to add-on modules or functional enhancements, share and/or swap applicants, or just have a place to learn, share, and collaborate.

The Talent Grid

The Talent Grid is a platform consisting of talent applications and infrastructure, and a set of tools to deliver a unified approach to talent management.

It uses 21st century technology that changes the way we communicate and gain knowledge, use an ecosystem of solutions to manage talent, and of course, find new talent. The technology developments of the Internet, Web 2.0, and social networking have altered the way we interact with our computers and with each other.

Intuitive Usability

For HR professionals, it is not necessary to know the technical fundamentals of these new technologies just to reap the benefits. In fact, this is one of the advantages for today's users of social and consumer web technologies. Fundamentally, these technologies can be as intuitive ana user-friendly within the scope of talent management as they are in our everyday personal use.

For example, we get much of our news and entertainment online. We might prefer the immediacy of CNN.com or YouTube instead of nightly news, or Wikipedia instead of Encyclopedia Britannica and Amazon.com instead of the local bookstore. We communicate through text messages and social networks such as MySpace, Linkedln, and Facebook. The same simplicity and ease of use can apply to technologies we use to manage talent. …

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