Attracting, developing and retaining a high performing, engaged and diverse workforce are among the top goals of most human resources professionals. Those objectives also are why Microsoft sponsored a panel of federal government and industry HR executives to exchange best practices for managing human capital in challenging times. That forum has now resulted in a Federal News Network Executive Briefing on talent acquisition and retention – a must-read white paper for improving the strategic management of human capital in civilian agencies and beyond.
Hiring and retention challenges and solutions
Microsoft’s Amy Coleman and LinkedIn’s Michael Cirrito discussed hiring and retention challenges as well as solutions with a savvy group of federal human capital professionals, including:
- Miriam Cohen, Chief Human Capital Officer, Nuclear Regulatory Commission
- Wonzie Gardner, Chief Human Capital Officer, National Science Foundation
- Robert Goldenkoff, Director, Strategic Issues, Government Accountability Office
- Dan Mielke, Chief Human Capital Officer, Government Publishing Office
- Elizabeth Kolmstetter, Director of Talent Strategy and Engagement, Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
- Bob Leavitt, Chief Human Capital Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development
- Sharon Wong, Executive Director, Strategic Recruitment, Diversity & Inclusion, Department of Homeland Security.
This expert group covered the breadth of issues facing federal HR professionals: the aging workforce, a hiring process that can impede fast and agile talent acquisition, competition for in-demand STEM skills, and retention in a landscape of changing missions, budget uncertainties and the lure of private-sector opportunities. The white paper summarizes the latest thinking to address these challenges, such as:
- Exercising hiring flexibilities beyond the standard competitive merit system
- Using data to improve workforce planning
- Upgrading the skills of federal personnel people and hiring managers – and much more.
Get your exclusive briefing
Gain insights from this esteemed group of chief human capital officers and HR leaders by obtaining your exclusive Talent Acquisition and Retention executive briefing. Please also visit our Microsoft Modern HR website to learn about the four key areas within the HR organization that can be transformed with technology:
- Culture, diversity, and inclusion: creating an environment for employees to do their best work.
- Employee experience, collaboration, and innovation: focusing on the employee experience from recruiting to retirement.
- People analytics and insights: using data to make informed decisions.
- Talent, learning and skills: helping employees become what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella calls “learn-it-alls” instead of “know-it-alls.”