Mercer’s most recent global survey on The Future of Talent management provided some very telling insights about HR strategy at Middle Eastern companies.
Not only are the majority of Middle Eastern employers planning to implement changes to their talent management programs by 2015, but talent management initiatives top the list of HR priorities in region.
The survey showed that the top three talent management priorities for these organisations in the near term include leadership succession, training and development and engagement initiatives.
What we found particularly interesting was how these priorities resonated in our discussions with HR leaders in the Middle East last month. We had the opportunity to attend the Middle East HR Summit November 18-22. Both the summit agenda and our conversations were a rich dialogue about the challenges and opportunities that human resources professionals are seeing in the region.
From leadership development and engagement to aligning workforce strategy to business strategy, it is evident that HR is focused on driving positive change that will create sustainable competitive advantage in the long term.
And nowhere was this “change agent” mentality more evident than in the subsequent Halogen User Group (HUG) meeting we hosted in Dubai after the summit. We were thrilled to welcome our customers in the region and give them an opportunity to discuss how they are using Halogen to support their talent management strategy, and learn from others’ experiences.
Khaled Abou Nader of Vivaki shared how his company is using on target goal management to create alignment. Bala Muthukkaruppan discussed how International Turnkey Systems (ITS) has leveraged development planning to create a learning focused organisation. Lou Olvido-Parroco of LMKR discussed the foundational role that job descriptions play in his firm’s talent strategy.
It’s amazing how important networking among a community of users can be. Our Middle Eastern user group is a very proactive bunch. It was very interesting to hear how HR is driving key strategic talent and change initiatives in the region and we’re very happy to play a part of that with solutions that support alignment, engagement and ultimately better business results.
Thanks to all the great HR practitioners in the Middle East — those we spoke to at the summit and at our user group meeting — for their time, the rich dialogue and the insight into the positive change that is taking place in the talent management landscape in the region.