Free e-learning game helps small- and medium-sized employers manage their
human resources

OTTAWA, Oct. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Small- and medium-sized Canadian employers now have access to a free e-learning game called TalentNet(C), designed to help them cope with the changing demographics of Canada's workforce by teaching them skills in employee engagement, performance appraisal, and the identification of high potential employees.

"Talent management practices are critical for the future success of Canadian business," says Dr. Linda Manning who led the development of TalentNet(C). "We need to focus on performance management and the promotion of existing employees, including immigrant employees, so they can fill the gaps left by managers when they retire."

"Canadian business already recognizes the need to hire immigrants, but what happens after they're hired," she says. "TalentNet(C) gives employers who might otherwise not have access to such strategies the experience of managing a virtual multicultural team of high performers."

"Current practices are driven by expectations of independent, egalitarian and risk-taking employee behaviours," she says. "These expectations are shaped largely by Canadian culture and a much a broader approach is needed for successful talent management. For instance, the number of highly skilled immigrant employees is increasing but, for various reasons, they often miss out on training, development and promotion."

TalentNet(C) makes learning fun by presenting it in a social media context where no one is blamed. The learner is able to see the impact of decisions that make perfect sense in the Canadian culture and are offered suggestions on how to broaden their cultural lens in their every day practices. The person playing TalentNet(C) comes away with specific actions they can take the next day in the workplace.

TalentNet(C) was launched earlier this month at a two-day conference attended by over 120 participants from government, business and non-governmental organizations. The conference focussed on the range of talent management issues facing Canadian employers, from hiring and training, to performance management, promotion and retention.

Dr. Manning is Director of the Leveraging Immigrant Talent project that developed TalentNet(C), in partnership with private sector and not-for-profit organizations across Ontario and Quebec. Her team conducted the research, developed the learning model, and hired the e-learning development team at CSA Standards to create the platform for the game.

The Leveraging Immigrant Talent project is funded, in part, by Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC). Dr. Manning is also President of Leadership Mosaic, Inc., and a Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa.

To learn more about the Leveraging Immigrant Talent Project and to try TalentNet(C), visit www.leadershipdiversity.ca.

SOURCE LEVERAGING IMMIGRANT TALENT TO STRENGTHEN CANADIAN BUSINESS PROJECT

For further information: For further information: Media contact to arrange interviews with Dr. Manning: Jean-Paul Brasseur, Brasseur & Associates Inc., (613) 830-4766, jp.brasseur@sympatico.ca

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