New Zealand-based science company Plant & Food Research employed 800 people across the globe. Their goal? To support the growth of the plant and marine-based industry through innovation.
A review of demographics highlighted that a significant number of senior science leaders would be retiring in the 2020s.
Plant & Food quickly realised the critical importance of developing the organisation's mid-level and prepare them for senior roles and responsibilities in the future.
This required a mindset shift from the day-to-day to one that was more complex and long term.
Critical talent project objectives
The findings led to a critical talent project with 4 objectives:
Provide each person with greater clarity of their career path
Create a development plan for each individual
Prepare each person for the future
Increase the sense of connection to the organisation
“The response from the group was consistently positive, people were delighted to be offered individualised career development attention.”
Supporting this process was The CareerCENTRE™ (or Fuel50 as it is known outside the UK) which helped to provide crucial information for in-depth career coaching discussions.
Critical talent project outcomes
The results of the critical talent project were immediate:
People were delighted to be offered individualised career development attention
Better understanding of how their work links to their personal values and motivators
A shift in thinking about the importance of development plans
Managers and people who directly report them have shared insights on career values and motivators
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