Talent goes begging as bosses ignore staff potential

Bosses
in the UK are failing to spot employee potential and are under using workers’
talents, according to new research.

A
survey of 1,000 staff across the UK found that half of those questioned said
they would like to do more at work and one-in-five crave a more challenging
role.

According
to the poll by HR consultancy Chiumento, almost a quarter wanted to play a
bigger role in their organisation and 29 per cent felt their boss undervalued
their ability.

Many
felt their creativity was being stifled with almost a quarter admitting they
have given up making suggestions because bosses took no notice.

Sheena
Mason, director of learning and development at Chiumento, said that employers
need to start working in partnership with staff to help develop talent:

“Developing
existing talent is both motivational for employees and cost effective as it
retains staff. Career development practices such as coaching need to be put in
place to seek out talented staff,” she said.

Almost
half of those surveyed said they received little or no coaching and a third
rarely or never had a review which discussed career progression. Half also said
that public praise or thanks were never given in their organisation.

By Ross Wigham

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