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Editor’s Note: Inside Moves

A leading publication like HRO Today is built on many voices—editors, freelance writers, researchers, service providers, and importantly, HR practitioners. Thanks to today’s digital landscape, we are fortunate to come across a ton of great ideas and to be able to distribute thought leadership in many ways. One being our blog: hrotoday.blogspot.com. A recent post, Embracing Internal Mobility: How to Successfully Manage the Re-Hiring Process from Lisa Sterling, chief people officer of Ceridian, provides some insight into a human capital trend that has been gaining momentum lately.

Timing couldn’t be better: Nearly 50 percent of employees have been with their current employer for less than four years, and 21 percent of those for less than a year, reports that Bureau of Labor Statistics. Organizations are seeking strategies to retain employees and internal mobility might just be it. In fact, a recent survey from talent acquisition solutions firm Futurestep found 87 percent of respondents believe having a strong internal mobility program would definitely help with attraction and retention efforts, but only 31 percent have one in place.

Sterling offers advice on how to successfully execute internal mobility efforts. There are a lot of moving parts, she warns. It’s not just about climbing the ladder, she says, it’s about employees acclimating to a new team, a new set of responsibilities, and a new manager. These processes call for actitives that are similar to onboarding—or in this case, transboarding. “Transboarding is a leadership opportunity that requires a commitment to employees and an understanding of the importance of workplace culture, subcultures by function, fit, and the significance of personal touchpoints, to ensure a smooth transition and continued career success,” she says.

Consistent communication and providing clear expectations of the new role is key for internal mobility and transboarding to achieve their ultimate goal of getting employees to stay. Sterling provides other pointers—check out hrotoday.blogspot.com for more.

Leading organizations are experiencing the value of internal mobility programs. In fact, two finalists in our CHRO of the Year awards EMEA are reaping the rewards of moving top performers throughout the organization. Pinar Kalay, human resources director of Vodafone Telecommunication Turkey implemented the organization’s Career Paths program, and through it, 65 percent of job openings are placed with current talent. Group HR Director Nigel Sullivan manages a program for TalkTalk, and the organization reports internal mobility at an impressive 30 percent. Learn more about the work of Kalay, Sullivan, and our other finalists on page 50.

If you have thought leadership that you want to share with HRO Today, feel free to send me your ideas: Debbie.Bolla@SharedXpertise.com or @DebbieBolla.

Debbie Bolla
Editorial Director
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