Project Management

The Talent Dilemma: Dealing With Departure Disruption

Kevin Coleman is a highly skilled senior level project and program manager/advisor with experience leading projects with labor budgets ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to multi-million dollar budgets across multiple industries.

The talent dilemma is what nearly everyone is talking about, and for good reason. Based on quick searches, there has been hundreds of new articles recently published online on this subject.

There is no denying we have a talent shortage, and it’s growing with no end in sight. Most are concerned about this issue, and there are a few that have gone so far as to offer a few recommendations for dealing with this growing challenge. But there is one important aspect to this issue that has far less attention and even fewer recommended solutions (this article will attempt to address that aspect a bit later on).

The average number of applicants per job has dropped. The talent shortage cuts across nearly every industry. The shortage of properly skilled resources available for hiring is hampering organizations in their digital transformation and other more routine efforts.

Regardless of what some say, robots and artificial intelligence do not solve this entire problem. In fact, it only addresses a small percentage of the overall issue. We seem to be missing a cohesive strategy and plan of action to expeditiously remedy this situation. The issue has grown to the point some are now calling it a crisis. The talent dilemma has hit professional human resource managers and the C-suite head-on—and hard, as no one has yet identified a true solution.

Insight: Employees have …


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