Talent Alignment: Why does it really matter?

December 11, 2013

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It’s probably no secret that hiring the right people, onboarding them quickly, and ensuring they’re putting their considerable talents toward achieving company goals are paramount. But what is the best way to ensure everything is on track? Maintaining alignment with your talent and their goals is the best way to ensure company objectives are met and employee morale stays high.  

Using a talent alignment platform can help you quickly visualize progress from one end of the org chart to the other. It allows you to understand how your top performers work, where employees may be getting lost in the shuffle, and how you can better communicate goals to your workforce and allocate talent. It gives employees insight into how their contributions matter to the company and it helps executives course-correct before a small misstep becomes a large problem.

However, proper alignment is about more than just getting projects accomplished and avoiding mistakes. Incorporating company-wide goals into HR strategy allows executives to make faster decisions and keeps resources aligned.

As you’ve seen in our previous posts - strategic alignment impacts every aspect of your company, from hiring and retaining the best people to keeping your workforce engaged on the job. Here are five ways talent alignment can improve efficiency:  

Improves Hiring And Onboarding

Maintaining strategic alignment with your company's goals can improve hiring and onboarding. Because you understand the current resources and needs of your organization, you have a better idea why they’re hiring, and what the new hire is expected to accomplish.

When requisitions are made for specific and strategic reasons, the onboarding process itself becomes faster and easier. Team members know exactly what new employees need to contribute, and it becomes easier to cascade company goals, define and communicate job responsibilities and get new hires up and running.

Increases Productivity

Strategic alignment with goals can and should easily lead to higher levels of productivity. No employee should be confused about how their work contributes to the organization. With a talent alignment platform, it is easy for executives to see what everyone is working on and working toward.

By allowing executives to see all the way down the organizational chart, every employee becomes accountable for their work. There’s more accountability when executives can see what employees have (and haven’t) been working on.

Improves Resource Allocation

Goal alignment can help executives understand the ways in which they’re using their human capital to achieve company objectives. If a certain plan or strategy isn't working, executives can switch game plans and better allocate resources in order to meet goals.

This can help you adjust your strategy in real-time and prevent your workforce from veering off-track. You can address problems before they arise and improve employee engagement by putting your best people where they'll have an optimal impact on the company.

Improves Employee Engagement

According to a recent survey from Gallup, about 70 percent of employees are currently disengaged in the workplace. This lack of employee engagement can easily lead to truantism and expensive employee turnover.

When employees understand the value of their work to the organization, it can lead to increased engagement and renewed motivation. Daily tasks are no longer divorced from larger organizational goals, and your best and brightest can see the importance of their contributions and how they add value.

Eases Corporate Communication

Your company's corporate communication might not be as effective as you hope. According to a recent study from Dale Carnegie and Clear Company, less than six percent of companies communicate goals daily. In fact, most corporate communication happens quarterly, meaning there can be many months between check-ins of any sort.

Because talent alignment helps everyone from executives to entry-level employees visualize goals on a daily basis and live with these goals from day-to-day, corporate communication is not only easier, it is also more impactful.

Maintaining strategic alignment with your company goals isn't always easy, but it's needed. Proper goal alignment can result in better employee engagement and higher productivity. Making alignment a priority means you and your workforce always understand what you're working on and working toward, making it a snap to accomplish your goals.

What do you think? How do you use talent alignment to make better decisions for your organization? Share in the comments!

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