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Survey: Talent Acquisition & Management in the New Decade

Posted by NEHRA  June 25, 2010 09:00 AM

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According to a May 2010 Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA) e-survey on talent acquisition and management, 96% of the respondents are utilizing LinkedIn as part of their recruiting strategy. NEHRA, the premier HR association in New England with over 2,700 members, conducted the e-survey to examine talent acquisition and the management strategies within member organizations in New England in the new decade.

"The results from our survey show the increased relevance and value of social media sites as part of organizations’ recruitment strategy,” said Bob Eubank, NEHRA’s Executive Director. “In fact, 75% of those using social media for talent acquisition have said it was successful in sourcing quality candidates.”

Over 60% of the respondents reported that they now use or are considering using social media as part of the recruiting strategy within their organizations. When asked what other sites they were utilizing besides LinkedIn, 40% said Facebook and 32% said Twitter. Only a small percentage (almost 4%) use Skype and none of the respondents utilize MySpace as a social media platform for recruiting.

About 92% of respondents stated that they have a standard onboarding program in place, which is either fully or partially developed. Interestingly, only half of the respondents indicated that they had a fully or partially formalized succession planning program to help train and develop employees, while nearly 46% do not have this type of program in place at all.

Another interesting survey result shows a split on whether respondents utilized their affiliation with associations like NEHRA as part of their hiring strategy – with 50% either currently utilizing or beginning to develop means to leverage their affiliations as part of their hiring, and 50% not currently utilizing their association affiliation as part of their strategy.

Over 77% of respondents indicated that they do NOT outsource employee training and development. Of this 77%, 75% stated that employee training and development is handled by either the training department within their organization or planned by the employee and his/her manager specifically.

The final open-ended survey question asked respondents to share what they are doing at their organizations to retain high performing employees. The answers ranged from not having any formal retention plan, to formal recognition in the way of awards or bonuses. To summarize, the three most common answers were 1) competitive compensation and incentive programs, 2) mentoring, and 3) leadership development/training to enhance their skills and help them progress and grow within the organization.

About the survey and NEHRA

Over 2,700 HR professionals, representing large and small companies in all industries within the region, as well as individuals providing products and services to the human resources community, comprise NEHRA's membership base. A total of 137 NEHRA members responded to the online survey, which was conducted from May 27 to June 10, 2010.
NEHRA is New England's premier human resources association. Since 1985, NEHRA has provided HR professionals with programs, information and relationships that stimulate professional growth and enhance workplace contributions. The mission of the Northeast Human Resources Association is to lead, advance and influence the management of human resources and its impact on organizational success. For more information, visit

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