Developing Your Top Talent Matters
Our organizational alignment research found talent accounts for 29% of the difference between high and low performing companies. Talent, along with culture and strategy, is one of the three critical elements of high performance. A relevant employee development game plan is the foundation for building and retaining the talent to execute your strategy.
Putting the right people with the right capabilities in the right slots at the right time doesn’t just happen. It requires a structured learning and development strategy to deliver, track and manage the training your workforce needs.
The Benefits of Developing Your Top Talent
Our Best Places to Work Employee Engagement Survey tells us that up to 40% of employees leave their jobs within their first year when they do not receive adequate training and development. Are you willing and able to suffer that level of attrition?
Here are the five benefits of developing your top talent:
1. Employee Retention
Show that you value employees by investing in their development to ensure they have the skills and knowledge required to succeed. Provide learning and development opportunities for employees to grow with the business. Work with employees to create individual learning and development plans that show them how they can advance their career and stay for the long-term.
2. Employee Attraction
Savvy job candidates ask about employee development budgets and plans. If you don’t invest in developing your top talent, job seekers will see your company as unenlightened and uninterested in advancing the skills of your workforce. Leading companies provide clear, consistent and relevant career development opportunities.
A smart learning and development plan helps ensure you meet ever-changing State and Federal regulations around making sure your workplace is safe, respectful and non-discriminatory. It also provides ready proof that your business is providing the training required by law while protecting your company from costly lawsuits.
High performing organizations create a common language and a consistent approach regarding how things get done. They have clear performance standards and ensure information flows freely across the organization.
Smart investments in employee development pay off. Not only are employees more productive because they know what they must do and how to do it, but also they are more engaged in their work and deliver better results.
The Bottom Line
While many leaders believe in “investing in people,” too many are content with allowing employees to “take care of themselves.” Every learning investment must be appropriately managed if you expect them to pay off.
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Director of HR
The LSA Global team was very receptive and flexible to our needs every step of the way. Their staff and facilitator demonstrated attention to detail, responsiveness, and professional courtesy. The participants were thrilled with the outcome and rated the communication skills workshop and the facilitator as ‘Excellent’. I’d highly recommend working with the LSA Global team to meet your professional development needs.
I have worked with other training companies and found it to be more of a seller/buyer relationship than one of matching the right expertise to our business issues. That’s what LSA does – ask the hard questions, listen, and understand our business needs. We receive the benefit of their expertise from assistance with personal development plans to enhancing team performance, to looking at enterprise-wide challenges. It’s all about helping our business succeed as we grow. Right now, LSA is providing great ideas, a fresh approach, and valuable guidance as we develop our management team and accelerate our client relationship management results.
Director, Team Development
We contacted LSA to help us with customized management development. LSA worked with me to identify a solution that would meet our exact needs. We decided to start at the top and ran the program for our executive team. It was such a great success that we hope to roll it out companywide. We look forward to a long-term partnership with LSA Global and their team of experts.
Barry L. Byrd, SPHR
Human Resources Manager
VNUS Medical has been very pleased with the effective management development programs that LSA Global has delivered for us over the last four years. The programs have been universally facilitated by experienced and best in class instructors. The knowledge gained by our management team has been put into practice very quickly. VNUS is very happy to be working in partnership with LSA because they consistently deliver excellent programs that receive exceptional feedback from our management team.
Cindee Van Vleck
Director Human Resources
LSA Global’s consultant brought a fresh perspective to our behavioral based interviewing strategy for two key executive positions we needed to fill, and their consultant helped us develop questions that produced a much deeper understanding of candidates’ capabilities. I am confident that the two new executives joining our organization have the right skills to add significant value. Throughout the process LSA was also very responsive in dealing with short lead time requests.
Because of the unique nature of our business, Excel is a core application in our accounting organization. After three attempts to find an Excel consultant who is capable of helping our finance team integrate advanced applications into our work processes we found LSA and Alex. He was not only a “Real” Excel expert but was masterful in helping us identify where to use Excel applications in our processes to increase our group’s efficiency.
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Kim Silva, CFO
LSA is an instrumental training outsourcing partner in helping us to build management capacity and strategically invest in our people. Their flexibility, depth, and breadth of expertise allows us to deliver top quality solutions that are directly tied to key business plans. Their ability to custom design, deliver, and evaluate our Management Curriculum has been excellent. They are true business partners and a pleasure to work with.
Margaret M. Mader
Vice President, Human Resources
We have been able to utilize LSA’s extensive network of top-notch resources to leverage our investment in employee development. The result has been the cost effective and highly efficient delivery of quality educational and management training programs.
Vice President, Human Resources
Here’s a token of my appreciation for ALL your efforts. I’m offering my most sincere appreciation, and it extends to all the folks who made our customized management development programs possible.
Workforce Planning Bureau
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Our company engaged LSA to do a specialized “train the trainer” program, and the consultant’s performance outdid our exceptionally high standards for such a program. Very crucial to the success of this program was the work done upfront to discuss our needs and to interview key members of our organization so that the program specifically met our goals. Our facilitators continue to comment on the success of the program. Thanks also for the follow-up.
Chief Financial Officer
We partnered with LSA to pilot a customized behavioral interviewing program to help ensure that we continue to hire the best and brightest as we continue to rapidly scale. LSA’s ability to understand our business and our unique culture combined with their desire to ensure that the best practices framework truly fits our performance environment and is highly adopted by our people is a real blessing. Most other firms want to just ‘give you training.’ Not LSA, they are focused on helping me hit our hiring forecasts and attract A players.
Director of Global Recruiting
I am very impressed with the quality of work and talent. LSA did a great job of listening to my needs and providing the exact management training program expertise I needed to get the job done.
Director, Business Planning & Analysis
I continue to be impressed by the level of leadership development and management expertise and quality of advice and facilitation that LSA has to offer. What a smart and client-centric group of great people who really know how to help leaders attract, engage, develop and retain top talent.
Director, HR Business Partner
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