Telecoms giant Motorola has developed a scorecard system that assesses which employees have managerial potential and which are under-performing.
The company, which recently announced plans to make 26,000 people redundant worldwide, is assessing staff using a card system that plots performance against leadership skills.
Michael Staunton, director of the Motorola University for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said the scheme is part of the company's drive to improve management skills. Speaking at the HRD Conference in London last week, Staunton said that before, there was no real strategy for developing managerial skills.
Managers fill out forms that identify which skills are needed to solve particular problems.
The HR department uses the forms to build up a set of key competencies. These charts are then translated into a grid, which plots an employee's performance against their leadership skills.
Staunton said, "We wanted a defined and objective overview of our key talent - we had some knowledge but a lot of hear-say."
The company has also pledged to make 30 per cent of all training available electronically by the end of 2001 increasing this to 50 per cent by the end of 2003.