Jun 24, 2006

Why Talent Management or "HR" doesn't capture the essence !

Names often are windows of how we make sense of our jobs.

That's why I have a problem with both names: Human "Resources" or "Talent" Management !

The first, views people as equivalent to any other resource, like money or material.

The latter, seeks to reduce people to how they are useful to organizations, i.e. to their talents...and tries not to look at the emotional aspects of the person.

Both names also look at only the employee-employer relationship and do not factor in the behavior and skills of teams and groups in the organization.

What would be a better name for a group that seeks to attract, retain, develop and energize people to an organization?