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Talent management

Our selection of articles, books and online resources can show you how to attract, retain and motivate talent.

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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Boardroom realities: building leaders across your board

A guide to the key issues facing boards. Includes the latest trends in board leadership and performance as well as talent management for the board and the C-suite. Also includes a chapter on CEO succession and the challenges and opportunities this can present. Improving a board's performance and impact is also covered.

Developing leadership talent

The book offers guidance on talent management with particular attention to succession planning. It includes chapters on business strategy and organisational needs, leadership skills and competencies, identifying talent gaps, and implementing a strong talent management strategy.

First-time manager's guide to performance appraisals, The

Provides managers with practical advice on reviewing employees' past performance, measuring success, setting performance objectives, and assisting with career development plans.

Developing executive talent: best practices from global leaders

The book includes chapters on the importance of talent management for long-term business success, an overview of talent management processes, succession management, recruitment, career development, talent management and workplace diversity, brand management, and integrating talent management with other human resource processes.

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Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.


Furlough letter template

<p>The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (<a rel="noopener noreferrer" rel="noopener noreferrer" href="http://www.acas.org.uk" target="_blank" title="opens in new tab">acas</a>) have produced a template for an agreement to temporarily send home an employee because there's no work ('furlough'). Free to download and use.</p>

How to manage change

March 2014

Acas guide for line managers and employers on how to lead staff through change and keep employees engaged. Appendices cover case law relevant to managing staff changes and tools for managing change, with a sample internal communications strategy provided.

Managing attendance and employee turnover

March 2014

Acas advisory booklet for employers on how to manage employee attendance and turnover. Includes appendices containing calculations for measuring employee absence and turnover, along with a sample absence policy.

Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

RPA is ready for its close-up

Article looks at how robotic process automation is delivering big benefits for accountancy firms and is not out to replace employees but to augment their roles and allow them to focus on higher value work.

Pushing diversity to the top of the agenda

Thoughts on how the travel industry can do more to attract diverse talent and challenge outdated attitudes.

Retention plan: Carriers get creative to keep employees happy

Article reporting on the efforts made by insurance companies to retain employees. It mentions the use of basic fringe benefits such as health insurance and retirement plans, flexibility in work time and space, and career development services.

The key to unlocking hidden talent

Looking at financial and talent management within organisations, this article examines tools that firms can use to identify potential and how they can offer opportunities to employees to make use of these hidden abilities.

Benefits of investment in training outweigh the costs

The article discusses the benefits from investing in training and development of employees as an effective employee retention strategy. It identifies the negative side effects of high employee turnover, suggests the establishment of a culture of learning wherein employees are encouraged to identify deficiencies in their jobs and choose the training they need, and recommends the development of mentorship programs.

Digital transformation for today's CPA firms

The article discusses digital transformation for accounting firms in the U.S. as of October 2018. The accounting sector reportedly face cultural and practical barriers to digital adoption as it is led by an older workforce and is struggling to attract younger talents. Also discussed are the investments needed for digital transformation and its benefits.

Respect in the workplace

Leaders have an incomplete understanding of workplace respect, which hampers their efforts at talent management and employee retention. To better understand employee attitudes, the author spent 15 months studying a unique work program for female prison inmates—a context that sharply highlights the differences between a respectful environment and a disrespectful one.

Unconscious bias: what's age got to do with it?

The article reports on unconscious biases towards older employees in the workplace. Unconscious biases are deeply held attitudes that could include race, gender, appearance, social class, etc., and can influence and undermine recruiting efforts, talent development, and promotability. It is said that depending on one's pre-existing attitudes about age, it is possible to have an unconscious bias about age.

Pay, perks, culture create recruiting success: With talent in a power position, accounting firms of all sizes are learning new ways to find and attract staff

The article offers suggestions from recruiting experts on how companies can find new ways to attract talent in accounting. Mike Bevolo, senior recruiter at Top 100 Firm UHY, notes that brand awareness is a critical factor when people look for accounting jobs. He says that the public image of a company, brand enhancement, and the ability to equate a company to a specific culture are major factors responsible for attracting additional talent going forward.

Psychometric testing no longer meets business needs

Discussion of the tendency of human resources (HR) leaders' to rely on psychometric tests to recruit and support talent development. Topics covered include the commercialisation and expansion of psychometric tests, reasons why psychometric tests should be used only for informing decision-making and not to make decisions, and the matching of psychometrics to job roles.

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Guides and research

Talent 2020
Deloitte's global business survey series explores talent strategies and unfolding trends that are expected to influence the next decade and beyond.

Getting, developing and keeping the right people
Information and resources on talent management from the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), including factsheets, guides and research reports. There are separate factsheets on talent management and international talent management.

Talent management
A series of articles on talent management from Management Study Guide. Areas covered include talent management principles, talent management strategy and succession planning.

Talent mangement
Checklist from the Chartered Management Institute Knowledge Bank


2019 Global Talent Trends Study
HR consultancy Mercer's annual report into the trends affecting employees and the response from employers. The views of 1730 HR leaders and 4500 employees in 17 countries were surveyed. The full report is available to download for free after registration.


Resourcing and Talent Planning 2017
A June 2017 report produced by the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) in partnership with Hays. It is based on responses from 520 UK organisations, examining their resourcing and talent planning strategies and the key challenges and issues they face.

Generation Next: managing talent in finance shared services
ACCA survey of finance professionals in shared services.


Diversity and inclusion guide for businesses
Guide produced by the Professional and Business Services Council (PBSC). It highlights key areas of focus for implementing, managing and monitoring diversity initiatives, with best practice advice and a handy checklist.

2016 Global Talent Management and Rewards Study
This Study, from consultants Willis Towers Watson provides an in-depth look at the employee reward programs and talent management best practices of organizations around the globe. 


How to secure top talent in the BRICs
During 2013 E&Y surveyed 1,109 professionals in high-demand roles in the BRICs — Brazil, Russia, India and China — to identify targeted strategies for the attraction and retention of key talent.

Talent and capability in global finance functions
This ACCA report considers what leading global organisations are currently doing to develop talent management across their organisations.


Paradigm shift: Building a new talent management model to boost growth
EY report on five key talent management challenges that face companies. Suggests that only a "paradigm shift" - a major shift in thinking and assumptions - can help tackle the global talent shortfall. Proposes a set of strategies to help address these challenges.


Maximising people power: effective talent management in finance
This report is written by ACCA and KPMG and draws on both organisations' insights and experience. It shows that organisations need to take a holistic approach to talent management, bringing together the goals of the organisation and needs of the individual. It also summarises key trends and gives examples of how companies have gained a competitive advantage through their approach to finance talent management.

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