Employers fail to tap into workforce talent

Half of the employees in the UK claim their talents are under-used at work.

According to a survey of 1,000 people, one in five want more challenging
work and nearly a quarter want to play a bigger part in their organisation.

The research, by HR consultancy Chiumento, also reveals that 29 per cent of
workers feel their manager underestimates their abilities, a quarter have given
up making suggestions and nearly a third of respondents believe there is a lot
of wasted talent in their organisation.

Sheena Mason, director of learning and development at Chiumento, said:
"Today’s employers need to think about working in partnership with
employees to develop talent from within. It is motivational for employees and
cost-effective as it retains staff.

"Employers need to realise identifying talented staff is far more
important than spotting the intelligent ones. Development practices such as
coaching need to be put in place to seek it out."

The study finds that nearly half of employees claim to receive little or no
coaching and more than a third rarely or never have reviews to discuss their
career progress.


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