Aligning talent management with approaches to equality and diversity Challenges for UK public sector managers

Aligning talent management with approaches to equality and diversity Challenges for UK public... Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the implementation of talent management interventions in UK public sector organisations. Design/methodology/approach – This paper draws upon the findings of a qualitative study of talent management in two UK public sector case study organisations. Findings – Implementing talent management was found to present particular tensions for public sector managers, particularly in terms of its alignment with well‐embedded diversity and equality policies and their own perceptions of fair treatment in the workplace. Despite an acknowledgement that the sector needs to attract, develop and retain the most talented individuals to achieve its modernisation agenda, interventions which require singling out those individuals for special treatment challenges many of its established practices for recruitment and selection, employee development and career management. Practical implications – Public sector organisations need to invest both time and effort into developing appropriate and relevant approaches to talent management, which take proper account of line managers' perceptions of fair treatment and established organisational approaches to diversity and equality. Originality/value – Talent management is a topic of growing interest from employers concerned about their work force demographics, specific skills shortages and the retention of high potential employees but the concepts that inform talent interventions are often unclear or are an uneasy fit with the beliefs and understandings about fair treatment of those who have to implement them. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International Journal Emerald Publishing

Aligning talent management with approaches to equality and diversity Challenges for UK public sector managers

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2040-7149
DOI
10.1108/02610151011052753
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to examine the implementation of talent management interventions in UK public sector organisations. Design/methodology/approach – This paper draws upon the findings of a qualitative study of talent management in two UK public sector case study organisations. Findings – Implementing talent management was found to present particular tensions for public sector managers, particularly in terms of its alignment with well‐embedded diversity and equality policies and their own perceptions of fair treatment in the workplace. Despite an acknowledgement that the sector needs to attract, develop and retain the most talented individuals to achieve its modernisation agenda, interventions which require singling out those individuals for special treatment challenges many of its established practices for recruitment and selection, employee development and career management. Practical implications – Public sector organisations need to invest both time and effort into developing appropriate and relevant approaches to talent management, which take proper account of line managers' perceptions of fair treatment and established organisational approaches to diversity and equality. Originality/value – Talent management is a topic of growing interest from employers concerned about their work force demographics, specific skills shortages and the retention of high potential employees but the concepts that inform talent interventions are often unclear or are an uneasy fit with the beliefs and understandings about fair treatment of those who have to implement them.

Journal

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 25, 2010

Keywords: Human resource management; Equal opportunities; Employee development; Managers; Public sector; United Kingdom

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