Why Career Development for Your Employees?
There are multiple advantages of career development. Providing constructive career development opportunities to employees is one of the most cost-effective ways to achieve the following benefits for your organization's workforce program:
Retain Top Talent
Best-in-class organizations understand the need to retain their top talent. But the cost of retaining top talent can run in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to company expenses. Additional costs associated with retaining talent include the loss of company knowledge, disruption of customer service, and loss of morale and engagement in remaining employees. Providing career development opportunities ensures that valuable individuals are more likely to look within the organization, rather than elsewhere, when they desire a job shift. (Learn more)
Boost Engagement and Productivity
Today's employees expect to find meaning and direction in their day-to-day work - not just jobs and tasks, but meaningful careers and career goals. Employees who have access to career development processes, resources, and tools feel much more engaged and supported by the organization. In addition, employees who drive their own development are far more likely to be motivated and optimally productive on a consistent basis. (Learn more)
Strengthen the Succession Pipeline
The backbone of any effective succession planning process is a well-prepared talent pipeline that can be drawn from at any time. With an employee-driven career development initiative in place, your top talent gains the opportunity to apply for critical roles that may be vacant. Making such opportunities visible and available for all eligible employees ensures that the most qualified individuals enter those critical roles. (Learn more)
Generate Knowledge Transfer and Retention
With the current and impending retirement of millions of Baby Boomers and an aging workforce, it is crucial for organizations to retain the wealth of knowledge and experience of seasoned employees. Career development initiatives aimed at retaining experienced talent provide direct opportunities for knowledge sharing - enhancing and tapping into knowledge capital within an organization, and ensuring that such valuable knowledge is not lost. (Learn more)
Fill Internal Skill and Role Gaps
Skill and competency gaps, particularly within critical high-level roles, are becoming more and more common as roles become more demanding and the demands of leadership grow increasingly complex. Creating a culture and process that facilitates internal mobility is one of the best ways to fill these gaps from within the organization. An internal mobility framework enables qualified employees to find roles most suited to them, and enables the organization to fill such roles without the extensive costs associated with hiring, training, and onboarding outside hires. (Learn more)
Create Positive Employer Branding
Organizations that achieve the most sustainable success are those that attract the best people to develop their strategies and achieve their goals. An effective career development initiative brands your organization as one that truly cares about its employees, helping your organization continuously attract the best people for the roles you need. (Learn more)
Boost Engagement and Productivity
Insala helped address some of the key challenges we faced at Unilever, which is virtual mentoring, as many of our mentees and mentors are not in the same geographic location. Insala's mentoring consultant, Judy Corner, is a true mentoring specialist and a highly engaging individual.
Global Talent Manager Unilever
At BPI, we pride ourselves on our responsiveness to the needs of both existing and potential customers. Insala's fast and reliable customer service and support have enabled us to do just that. When BPI UK were faced with a tight deadline to develop a career center website for a customer, Insala quickly met our needs. The Insala team were able to translate the BPI France website into British English and launch the website in record time. As a result, we were able to deliver our career center services to the customer with timescales that exceeded their expectations.
Managing Consultant BPI Group
Our pilot Mentoring programme using the Insala platform has been well received by our participants and has given our Mentees the tools to chose an appropriate Mentor to meet their own specific development and career needs. Organisationally the portal is encouraging networking and collaboration across both business lines and functions and locations. The Insala team are professional, pragmatic and agile and have worked closely with us to deliver our pilot programme to meet our business needs
I worked with Judy Corner of Insala to develop a customized mentoring program for International Paper. Judy provided a degree of confidence to the Chairman's Diversity Council as she presented a pragmatic, visionary, long term perspective on the benefits to be gained from Insala's program. Following the M.O.R.E. workshop, participants were surveyed on session effectiveness and Insala received a 100% favorable rating on the value of the day. I highly recommend Insala and believe they offer a distinct advantage to companies looking to advance their position in the ongoing war for talent.
Principal, Global Diversity and Inclusion
As part of a talent management initiative, United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU), partnered with Insala to provide high potential/high performing staff with a structured vehicle to develop their career goals. From the onset, the Insala team provided exceptional client service, ensuring UNFCU had knowledgeable technical resources at its disposal throughout the implementation of its Career Development portal. Insala's partnership with UNFCU has directly impacted its ability to solidify an effective succession planning program and retain our high potential/high performing talent.
Manager, HR Administration
Insala provided a global online solution which helped align our business strategy with our management needs for the future. With their product, we were able to understand our skill gaps and develop our future leaders with the findings. This solution took one hour for an employee to complete, eliminated drawers of paperwork, and provided upper management instant visibility on our progress.
Vice President Human Resources Intertek
ACCA aims to provide our 110,000 members and 260,000 students with direct access to the most exciting and rewarding job opportunities currently available in the world of business and finance. Our online Career Management Resources, available through ACCA Careers, is powered by EmploymentTalk™ and allows our members, students and affiliates to use their time both efficiently and effectively on critical career development activities, while EmploymentTalk™ organizes and plans the route to career success.
Head of Training Policy and Professional Development ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
Our partnership with Insala has allowed us to offer an entirely new service to our job seekers, which helps prepare them for getting their next job. The assessments and career advice tools offered through our site continue to be successful, and the seamless support provided has proven very efficient. Insala consistently responds in a swift fashion whenever we need assistance, and continues to provide us with a very professional service.
Content Manager Monster
This past winter was definitely remarkable. We found that the E-mail Broadcaster function is the easiest and fastest way to reach all our candidates to inform them of any changes in our office hours - including having to close due to inclement weather, delayed openings, or early closure. Additionally, we use this function to promote our seminars and workshops, and the career coaches can reach all of their candidates in one simple email. This tool is a tremendous asset.
Director, Administration & Client Relations The Schegg Group
We first started using EmploymentTalk™ in our practice in 2001, and have stuck with it ever since. What spurred us to stay on was both the professionalism and responsiveness of the Insala team, as well as the regular software upgrades we received, which ensured we had a cutting edge tool at any given time. Today, EmploymentTalk™ enables us to deliver a longer duration of outplacement services and thereby exceed our clients' expectations. As more and more organizations look to provide cost-effective, efficient and high-impact outplacement, we are able to meet their needs.
This is a fantastic product that will really help our workforce. The Insala team has done a great job maximizing the application capabilities and tailoring it to help our diverse workforce in transition. They've demonstrated a true partnership in providing us with expert assistance, met our special needs, and done so in a timely and cost effective manner.
VP of Administration and Chief Financial Officer Kaiser-Hill Company, LLC
Insala has excelled as a global technology partner to our organization. Insala is not only a provider and implementer of superior career management technology, but a constant and reliable source of ideas and best practices in our industry. Having Insala as a strategic partner has enabled our organization to provide superior, seamless career management and transition services to corporate clients worldwide, and has positioned OI Partners as a global leader in the delivery of career transition services.
Joy Reed Belt, Ph.D.
Chairman and Managing Partner OI Partners, Americas
Our candidates are just blown away by the amount of research they get on specific companies and industries. Their ability to get REALLY good information, and MUCH MORE information than they typically could get on their own, and have it presented so quickly and effectively, is very powerful. It gives us a big sales and marketing advantage.
Vice President, Career Transition Services King & Bishop
Insala performed very well in creating our new corporate website. I was really pleased with the design options they offered. In addition, Insala representatives were wonderful to work with, responding quickly to our needs and delivering solutions in a very timely manner.
Dr. Pamela Johnson
President Nia Consulting & Development
April 26, 2016
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June 08, 2015
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July 03, 2014
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February 21, 2014
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February 10, 2014
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February 04, 2014
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August 02, 2013
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July 31, 2013
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July 01, 2013
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May 23, 2011
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February 05, 2008
As mentoring becomes more and more popular, more and more organizations are adopting this initiative as a way for individuals to learn, growand develop. The popularity of this concept has grown exponentially in the last five years. Does your organization have a mentoring initiative?Is it working?Are... More