We know there are some great Talent Management Systems out there, but there are also a few clunky ones and others that offer poor value for money. OK, so we might be a bit biased about what to look for! So, so we went out to the market place and asked others – what features would you look for in a Talent Management System? We had respondents from a wide range of sectors and sized organisations and these were the top three themes.
Understandably, people expect their work tools and software to be as flexible and easy to use as the tools they use socially and at home. Choose purpose-built talent management software with bolt-on modules instead of tech-driven HR databases to maximise user experience and uptake.
Most organisations we spoke to were moving from paper to online for the first time. In many cases, the usage of their paper-based performance or talent management system were not high. Going from low completion of paper-based processes to all singing and dancing online in one annual cycle is unrealistic. Choose a software provider that can evolve with you (and can easily switch on additional features and functionality for you!).
Too many systems are prescriptive and expect appraisals to be completed within a specific window of time. They lock down objectives at the start of the year with no room for reviews or comments. This outdated approach only really supports the ‘tickbox’ mentality. Choose a system that is flexible enough to allow managers and staff to comment on objectives or update their development plan when it is relevant as opposed to once a year in a prescribed time frame. That way you can encourage local ownership of both system usage and of course talent management itself.
Interestingly, findings showed it was less about key features offered and more about the ethos, design or way of working. In fact, a number of HR respondents confided that some initially appealing features were too culturally advanced to be used in practice for some years. For example, 360-degree feedback is a good example here.
If you would like to understand more about Actus, our purpose-built Talent and Performance Management System, why not arrange a demo below? Not only does our system align with the 3 themes above, but it is also supported by OD experts as opposed to techies and we would be delighted to chat with you. You can also learn more about Talent Management by downloading our White Paper: