January 2017, Vol. 2

HR Extras

Survey finds 40 percent of global employers report talent shortages

A new study by ManpowerGroup discovered nearly half of all global employers are lacking in the talent department.

This is the highest percentage of employers who feel they have a talent shortage in a decade. To address the issue, employers are putting a bigger emphasis on training and developing existing employees to fill open positions.

Fifty-three percent of employers offer training and development to existing staff in hopes of improving the talent levels at their companies, while 36 percent are focused on recruiting outside the talent pool.

The survey found 26–28 percent of companies are exploring alternative sourcing strategies, providing additional perks and benefits to recruits, and paying higher salary packages to recruits. Nineteen percent are simply outsourcing the work.

You can find out more about the survey and what strategies companies are employing here.

HEB CEO pledges $100 million for public school administrator training academy

Out of his own private resources, HEB chairman and CEO Charles Butt is making a $100 million donation to help create The Holdsworth Center in Austin, a training academy for public school administrators.

The academy will educate school administrators by providing training from national leadership experts and support current superintendents and principals. It will also aim to groom the next generation of education leaders in Texas.

Sixteen districts have been invited to apply for the center’s first classes, which begin in June. The application process will be open to all districts in the future, but the inaugural year will be exclusive to just six districts, chosen in March. The Holdsworth Center executives are seeking districts with a commitment to talent development and human capital, with a strong alignment of vision among top administrators.

The primary goal of the nonprofit school is to improve public education as a whole through well-trained leaders.