19/07/12	                                                            www.barbadostoday.bb	                                ...
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Talent Management in the Public Sector

  1. 1. 19/07/12 www.barbadostoday.bb Page 41Public sector remake areas. This is not new. Competitive recruitment is already by side in the workplace. The hiring of multi-generations can also be practised across the European Union and throughout most challenging but as we look forward to of our neighbouring Latin American countries. transforming the public sector into a Here in the Caribbean we are very much accustomed dynamic organisation, we will have to Can we implement to competitive exams and by taking it one step further, together with other forms of assessment, we will guarantee, seriously look at succession planning and recruiting younger professionals to Talent Management or begin to put in place, more competitive public sectors across the region. replace those from the baby boomer generation who are now in the process in our Public Sector? of retiring. FOCUS by Global Expert Systems Is our Public Sector in Crisis? When we gained Independence in 1966, the Colonial Office did not give us any special magic wand to make things work – independence is just that, let’s do it on our own. However, as we approach our golden jubilee, there is enough empirical evidence to suggest that “something needs to be done” about the public sector. This “something” is so far-reaching that we believe it requires more urgent attention, rapid project implementation and deployment as well as constant review and evaluation. According to the Office of Public Sector Reform, the vision is to “transform the public sector into a dynamic organisation, providing high quality service at minimum costs, building the capacity of public servants, promoting the competitive development of Barbados and improving the living standards of its people”. Public sector reform or public sector development is always a work in progress. And from a talent management perspective, we will want to examine the goal of “building capacity”. How to better recruit in the Public Sector We honestly do not believe that we have done a bad job thus far. However, there is always room Psychometric for improvement and greater efficiencies. After all, testing. our departments requiring specialised talent seem to be on the right track. But how can we make it better? GES would like to make three suggestions: 1. Universal psychometric testing at the point of We call those born after 1990, Generation Z – recruitment; they are already working with us and they are ahead of us 2. Implementation of specialised competency in one area, digital technology. So how will a government assessments to match the required areas of expertise; recruitment agency handle this new generation? Can 3. A complete restructuring of the sector where all recruitment is done through competitive entry exams for all Psychometric testing we begin to imagine interviews via webcams and instant messaging? Do we have virtual learning and e-training in professional and technical public sector positions. place to cater to Gen Z? Are we ready to integrate mobile Very simply put, GES stands firmly behind the use of psychometrics in recruitment. This is the ability to technology into our everyday way of doing business? Let’s Competitive recruitment measure attitude, aptitude, knowledge, personality, only to mention a few of the metrics. There are several options of think about it because Gen Z is already sitting next to us at work. psychometric tests on the market that come with very high Next week we will look at this exciting topic that speaks The first reaction to competitive recruitment customer ratings. to hiring Gen Z, “Talent Management – eRecruitment and for the Public Sector may seem a bit radical but this is The main point here is that a modernised public sector Social Media” already practised in Trinidad and Barbados for some engaging in such a method at the point of recruitment will specialised areas like the recruitment of foreign service be one step closer to hiring the right persons for the right • Feel free to visit Global Expert Systems officers (diplomats). Our recommendation is to implement job. online at http://www.globalexpertsystems.org/ this practice across the board in the entire region and index.php/event/first-caribbean-latin-american- allow an accredited body like the University of the West conference-on-talent-management/ or email us Finally, many of us are not aware that we at info@globalexpertsystems.org Indies to design the curriculum and testing modules have four generations of persons sitting side across the various sectors, technical and professional