Agree with it or not, talent development will need to embrace the mental side of performance

The stats do tell their own story and whatever one may personally believe, there is clear work to do in relation to the development of mental robustness and strength of those emerging into the workplace today. It does suggest that the approach to talent development does need to change and maybe in future years, companies will be employing specialists that focus on the mental approach to work and not just skills and knowledge development.

By Chris Sheppardson, Managing Director, EP

It is only a replica of what has happened in sports. We have often noted that twenty years ago, international sport ran behind both business and politics in the way that it prepared and operated. Today, we would argue that sports leads in terms of behaviours and preparation and there are lessons to be learnt. Twenty years ago, many laughed at Glen Hoddle and Sir Clive Woodward as they introduced psych therapists to work alongside their international players.

Today, such professional support is commonplace across all sports and one will today often hear of the positive contribution that many athletes have felt from such a support framework, allowing them to perform at a higher level. There is little doubt that UK sports is today performing far more effectively on the world stage across so many sports than was the case in the 1990s.

Why can business not follow the same trend and approach? If it is able to make business more productive and retain more employees than surely this is a sound route to take?

It is not illogical to suggest that in five years’ time, companies will possess psycho therapists or psychological experts alongside those that can help develop strong behaviours and actions as being almost more important than skills development.

It used to be an old saying that if can find a person with the right character, one can teach the skills and it is character that arguably needs the most work. One thing is for sure and that is the present landscape cannot continue along the road it is today:

– 1:4 in the workplace suffering from mental illness, stress or anxiety

– 1:12 children suffering from a mental illness

– 1:10 suffering from depression

– 1m more people should be taking antidepressants

– The average number of sick days per year per person is 5.7.

– The rise of the GiG economy with many opting out of working fulltime for a company.

– 63% of employees lack trust in their leadership

– Only 25% of employees believe that their CEO is ethical

The list can go on…

Why can business not follow the same trend and approach? If it is able to make business more productive and retain more employees than surely this is a sound route to take?

Ethics are no worse than they were in the past. If anything they are better. The world is improving but daily life is more pressurised and companies do need to understand that, if productivity is to be improved then it needs to change the way that talent is nurtured and developed. It is all logical and the stats are there for all to review.