A recent study sponsored by IBM and the Human Capital Institute on talent management practices in public and private sector organizations provides one more piece of evidence that comprehensive and strategic talent management is linked to organizational performance, findings that support the fundamental purposes and goals of the SMHC effort. The study concludes that two major talent management factors are critical to improved organizational performance: understanding and addressing workforce attitudes and engagement levels; and aligning employee incentives with appropriate [organizational] goals.
The differences between public and private organizations on these broad issues are not that significant. Though schools are unique public organizations, the basic ideas and findings in this study are relevant to the education sector and to the strategic management of human capital in public education.
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