Employee Engagement a Key Talent Challenge in Higher Education

Employee Engagement a Key ‘Talent Challenge’ in Higher Education
New research reveals growing importance of motivating and engaging staff in increasingly competitive marketplace
Motivating and engaging staff has become a key issue for HR directors within Higher Education, with the top three employee engagement tactics being: clarity of role; setting performance expectations; and regular appraisals/personal development reviews. This is according to a new independent research report on the motivation and engagement of staff in Higher Education Institutions, The HR Director’s Talent Challenge.
The overwhelming majority of respondents (82%) reported that motivation and engagement had increased in importance over the past five years. However, less than half (47%) currently have a talent management strategy in place although 35% reported that they are planning to implement one. 
Commenting on the findings, MidlandHR’s managing director, Declan McGrath, said “Today’s HR director understands the need to take a much more strategic approach to attraction, acquisition, performance, development and retention of the workforce.  These areas are all vitally linked, being driven and measured by the organisation’s overall vision and goals.
“Increasingly, Higher Education institutions are looking to find better ways to achieve alignment between these organisational goals and the contribution of the different faculties and departments, which have traditionally had a long history of autonomy.  One way in which they are looking to do this is through more effective use of technology, with the research revealing that over half (56%) are planning to increase the strategic use of HR and talent management software. Technology can provide a universal platform and toolset for feedback, evaluation and progress, and a vital mechanism for analysis and decision making support.
“In Higher Education, innovation, differentiation and high performance have all become universal requirements, driven by the urgency to become more competitive in the market and the fierce competition for funding. With greater pressure on HR directors to deliver impact at organisational level, it is unsurprising that many are planning to support the management of talent with technology. Colleges and Universities without an effective talent management strategy may well find themselves on the wrong side of a growing performance gap.”
The report was commissioned by MidlandHR, leading supplier of talent management, workforce planning, HR and payroll software and services, and surveyed the opinions of 34 HR Directors from Higher Education Institutions in the UK. To download a copy, please click here