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Talent 2020: Surveying the talent paradox from the employee perspective

Emerging talent trends and employee attitudes

Talent 2020 -Sept 2012


The economic turbulence of the past few years has created a talent paradox: amid stubbornly high unemployment, employers still face challenges filling technical and skilled jobs. Employers now need to adjust their talent management initiatives to focus on retaining employees with critical skills who are at a high risk of departure and the capable leaders who can advance their companies amidst continuing global economic turbulence

Key findings

To help employers gain a better understanding of the latest employee attitudes and emerging talent trends, Deloitte teamed with Forbes Insights to survey 560 employees across virtually every major industry and global region. Based on the results and Deloitte’s analysis of the talent market, three emerging challenges rose to the top:

Engage employees with meaningful work or watch them walk out the door: Employees value meaningful work over other retention initiatives. 42% of surveyed respondents who have been seeking new employment believe their job does not make good use of their skills and abilities.

Focus on “turnover red zones”: Employee segments at high risk of departure, or “turnover red zones,” are employees with less than two years on the job and Millennial employees (those aged 31 and younger).

When it comes to retention, leadership matters: 62% of surveyed employees who plan to stay with their current organisations report high levels of trust in corporate leadership.

The survey results reveal significant shifts in the talent market over the past year, particularly when it comes to turnover intentions. Organisations need to ask themselves the fundamental questions of the talent paradox: Are employees truly satisfied? Or are they simply accepting their fate by “making do” with their current employers because of a difficult job market?


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