Not Talent, Not Resources; Simply Human Beings.
We used to refer to employees as “resources,” but then we realized that they really didn’t belong to the company. When we noticed an increasing demand for employees with the talents and skills our business required, and realized that we needed to hold on to those that had those skills, we decided to call employees “talent.” Why do we have a tendency to call employees by what we get from them? It is time that we treat employees as what they really are, human beings. Have you noticed the hundreds of online articles conveying the importance of humanization in all different industries? Marketing organizations are finding ways to connect emotionally with customers through electronic devices. Sales strategies that treated customers as living transactions are being replaced by strategies that treat customers as living hearts. And, many global consulting services firms are offering ways to help organizations connect with their employees on a more personal level.
In this age when the importance of human connectedness has surfaced, people are searching for an opportunity to have this experience, to feel humans, and as such, be able to coexist. We seek this experience everywhere we are— schools, churches, and yes… in our jobs.
Because it is human nature to belong, we seek to be part of a welcoming community in every place we interact with other people, including our place of work. “Human communities are only as healthy as our conceptions of human nature.” Talent management leaders, who not only understand this theory but also take action to change the way they approach talent, will succeed at attracting and sustaining people. As a result, their businesses will have what it takes to meet their customer demand. Those that don’t will lack the talented individuals, that make a business run.
This blog is an effort to change our conceptions of the criteria that we as human beings look to satisfy in the places we chose to work, and a guide to help organizations meet those criteria through a sustainable approach.
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