Friday, July 31, 2009

Companies Expected to Increase Leadership & Management Development, According to a New Deloitte Study

Deloitte just released their third edition of a study on talent trends and strategies. 319 international executives participated in a survey conducted by Forbes Insights. See press release below.

It’s too bad they neglected to mention in the release that in addition to headcount reduction, almost 2/3 executives surveyed (64%) expect training and development to be their number one or number two talent priority during the coming quarter.

The two areas that are expected to get the most attention are high potential employee development and leadership & management development.

As training programs ramp up, executives are also looking to add experience and leadership to the ranks of their workforces. While graduating college students, part-timers, and contract hires can all expect the tight job market to continue, employees with experience and leadership are in demand at many of the surveyed companies.

Given many of my readers make their living developing leaders and/or are experienced leaders themselves, I’d say things are looking up for Great Leadership readers.

NEW YORK, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- In a new research report released today, Deloitte reveals that the ongoing economic downturn has added to the woes of human resources executives and top leaders who continue to struggle with talent-related issues. According to the research, while headcount reductions and other cutbacks remain prevalent, many surveyed executives are also beginning to sharpen their focus on retention and employee development initiatives so they can be prepared when the turnaround begins.

"Once the recovery begins to take hold, business executives and talent leaders can expect a 'resume tsunami' as voluntary turnover rises with leaders and workers with critical skills seeking new opportunities," said Jeff Schwartz, principal, Human Capital, Deloitte Consulting LLP. "The depth and quality of retention planning today will likely separate the talent winners from the talent losers tomorrow."

The third in a series of a five-part longitudinal study, this report, "Managing Talent in a Turbulent Economy: Clearing the Hurdles to Recovery," tracks the way surveyed business leaders are shifting their talent priorities and strategies to meet the challenges of today's economy and how they plan to clear the hurdles to economic recovery. Some key findings from this survey include:

The Worst May Be Behind Us: For the first time in this longitudinal study, the number of surveyed executives who said the worst is yet to come declined - and significantly, from 32 percent in March to 18 percent in May. At the same time, the group who believes the worst is behind us doubled to 16 percent from 8 percent in March and 6 percent in January.

Fear of Voluntary Turnover: Nearly two-thirds of surveyed executives (65 percent) are highly or very highly concerned about losing high-potential talent in the year after the recession ends.

Cost Remains Top Issue: Cutting costs remains the top strategic priority, with 56 percent of surveyed executives ranking cutting and managing costs as their top strategic issue.

More Layoffs to Come: When asked to rank their current talent priorities, 42 percent of the executives surveyed in May put reducing employee headcount at the top of the list - slightly higher than in both March (39 percent) and January (38 percent).

Focus on Recruiting and Retaining Critical Talent: Despite cost-cutting measures, nearly half of executives and talent managers surveyed (47 percent) surveyed say their companies plan to recruit more critical talent to manage the current economic environment - a significant jump since March (34 percent).

Gen Y and Gen X Retention Most Critical: Talent managers and business executives surveyed see greater turnover potential among younger employees. Generation Y (under age 30) workers were considered most likely to be on the move, with 63% of executives predicting an increase or a significant increase in turnover among this group, followed by Generation X (ages 30-44) at 46%. Only one in four expect an increase in departures by Baby Boomers (ages 45-64) or Veterans (over age 65).

For a full copy of this research report and for the latest information about talent strategies, innovative talent and work solutions, please visit Deloitte's Talent Management website. Deloitte will publish the results of the next edition of the global pulse survey series in Fall 2009. The report can also be found at the Forbes Insights website.

1 comment:

Wally Bock said...

Thanks for highlighting the study/release, Dan. On one hand I agree that things are looking up. It's a good sign when C-suite folks start thinking about spending on training and development rather than cutting back.

But on the other hand there are still some of the same old things that bother me. Training high potentials often sucks up resources that could better be spread across some basic skills training and support for first line supervisors.

And when I hear C-suite types discuss "leadership and management" training, I remember that they often mean training at fine resorts for them, while basic skills training for folks further down the org chart has to hold bake sales to get funds.

And, of course, we have the ongoing issue that sharing information is not training, no matter what you call it.