newspaper rollSilkRoad, a leading global provider of cloud-based social talent management software, recently released its annual “State of Talent Management 2014” report, which sought to answer the question, “How well-positioned are HR professionals to tackle key challenges in 2014?”

Based on a survey of more than 3,743 HR professionals, the report discovered four foundational challenges that HR and L&D professionals face this year:

1. Implementing integrated human resource technology

2. Getting accurate data for a clear picture of the organization

3. Converting data-driven insights into strategy

4. Securing a business role on leadership teams so that HR and L&D expertise is recognized and valued.

Other findings from the report, include major topics, include:

Talent Acquisition

  • The majority of respondents (56%) reported that they were either very concerned or concerned about attracting top Millennial talent as Baby Boomers retire.  Only 10 percent were unconcerned.


  • Nearly two-thirds (63%) of respondents said they were concerned about staying current with evolving compliance laws and regulations.
  • Forty-seven percent of the above group was concerned with ensuring that employees have appropriate training to avoid lawsuits and having the data readily available for compliance reporting.


  • Just 13 percent of respondents reported they “map out a career path based on the company’s needs and the employee’s future career ambitions.”
  • When asked about performance’s biggest challenges, HR professional said issues were with it being perceived as a yearly tactical event (46%) as opposed to part of the strategic business process, as well as managers lacking the necessary skills to coach employees (43%).

Employee Engagement

  • The three top concerns of professionals about HR management include engaging and retaining employees (48%), developing leaders and managing skills gaps (45%) and recruiting the best employees (41%).

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