The need for developing an internal talent marketplace was felt more than ever before during the pandemic. Companies faced a major issue in redeploying employees to different businesses or departments, and change became unavoidable. During such times of crisis, an organisation requires agility for quick deployment and internal mobility of resources.

A fine example of this is Unilever, During the COVID-19 pandemic, which managed to redeploy more than 8000 employees and 300,000 hours of employee work using an internal talent marketplace, amidst the pandemic. An iterative design is require in the talent market place to derive such innovation.

For an organisation, creating an internal talent marketplace helps fulfil the skill and talent demands, as and when they arise, from within. On the other hand, for the employees, it opens up doors to explore new and better opportunities, which align with their interests. To do that, one has to identify one’s internal talent and their skills, and map the same with the needs of the organisation, enabling technology.

This is the third session part of the The Great HR Debate, Talent Special powered by UpsideLMS. The session was moderated by Sachin Agrawal, Head-HR, B2B business, Reliance Retail. The debaters who were part of this session were Gautam Srivastava, VP-HR, The Leela Hotels & Resorts; Shailesh Saumya Singh, head of talent acquisition, Max Life Insurance and Mona Thangaraj, head of talent acquisition, GroupM India.

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