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Talent management

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


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

Looks at building leaders across a board, with the latest trends in board leadership and performance as well as talent management for the board and the C-suite.

Developing leadership talent

A book for human resource or organization development professionals responsible for designing leadership development and talent management.

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

Guide to performance appraisals from a US perspective.

Developing executive talent: best practices from global leaders

A book for human resources managers and senior executives with responsibility for employee management.

Resourcing strategies

This title provides guidance on combining human resource management with business strategy. This chapter looks at strategies for obtaining and retaining the people required and employing them efficiently.

Talent management strategy

This title provides guidance on combining human resource management with business strategy. This chapter deals with talent management strategies - the process to attract, retain, motivate and develop the talented people required.

Retention strategies

This title provides guidance on combining human resource management with business strategy. This section looks at strategies for retention of key employees and reducing levels of staff turnover. This involves analysing the reasons why staff stay or leave and responding to them.

Reward strategy

This title provides guidance on combining human resource management with business strategy. This chapter looks at the definition and need for a reward strategy, the characteristics, structure and content of the strategy, the guiding principles, developing a strategy and what makes an effective strategy.

Concise Adair on teambuilding and motivation, The

A guide to team building and employee motivation for managers and leaders.

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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.


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.

Creating ambassadors from departing workers

Article discussed best practices for 'offboarding' departing employees, an increasingly important part of talent management. this can enable the ex-employee to be an ambassador for their formal employees and maybe even return to the organisation at some point.

The 5 talent management shifts firms need post-COVID

Article discusses how accounting firms will need to work differently to retain the best and brightest in the post-pandemic future.

New employee retention tool has four legs and goes woof

Article looks at the pet friendly policies introduced by some banks and fintechs and why they 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.

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Global talent management and rewards study

Willis Towers Watson September 2016

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.

Global talent trends

Mercer LLC

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.

Maximising people power: effective talent management in finance

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants February 2011

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.

Paradigm shift: Building a new talent management model to boost growth

Ernst & Young November 2012

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.

Resourcing and talent planning

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development

Factsheets and reports from the CIPD, covering areas such as talent and international talent management, succession planning, employee retention and turnover and international resourcing and selection. Registration required for access to content.

Resourcing and talent planning survey

Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development May 2017

Report produced by 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. Also archive of reports from 2015 and 2013

Talent 2020


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

Talent Management

Chartered Institute of Management November 2014

Talent management strategies Checklist from the CMI Knowledge Bank, giving: definition, 8 steps and potential pitfalls.

Talent and capability in global finance functions

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants April 2013

This ACCA report considers what leading global organisations are currently doing to develop talent management across their organisations.

Talent management

Management Study Guide

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

Talent management: a guide for HR

HR Exchange Network April 2019

Guide that outline what Talent managemt is, what a talent management strategy contains and what the best practices are.

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