Management bias can hold back talent if data insights are not used effectively

HR teams need to use and interpret data more effectively if they want to overcome management bias and spot who really has talent and potential in their organisation, according to talent management software specialist Head Light. “Organisations rightly want to identify which employees have the capability and potential to add real value in the future, so they can nurture, engage and retain them,” said Debbie Hance, Head of Business Psychology at Head Light. “But many HR teams find it difficult to articulate what they mean by ‘potential’, so it’s often left to the opinions of managers or the views of an interview panel whether or not someone is deemed to be ‘talent’. The whole process is vulnerable to psychological bias and this could be holding back the progression of talent in today’s organisations.”…

Helping line managers spot High Potential

Spotting future high potential can be tricky for line managers. At Head Light, we know that even when organisations know what ‘high potential’ looks like, it is difficult to then assess for it and find ways to spot it. Traditionally this has been done by gut feel (“I know it when I see it!”), line manager evaluation or performance appraisal - although assessment centres and some psychometric tests are starting to be used.…

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