What are the 10 best tools of the trade in talent management?

Talent management uses a strategic approach to organizing processes such as employee onboarding/offboarding, recruitment, and skills development to secure top talent. On the one hand, it aims to increase employee engagement and retention via various L&D programs; on the other hand, it makes sure that business objectives and goals are properly aligned. Ultimately, the end goal of talent management is to increase employee efficiency and productivity for an organization to become more profitable. 

In the last decade, the advent of technology has convinced business leaders that transitioning from ad hoc to more tactical talent management programs is the key to securing top talent.  From targeted training and development to career pathing and talent retention, let us have a closer look at the top 10 of the best tools of the trade in talent management: 

1. Numans:  “Designing employee experiences from offer letter to day one and beyond”

Launched in 2021, Numans is a talent management platform that aims to take employee onboarding to the next level. The startup seeks to help today’s knowledge workers understand tasks and duties from the first day of joining a new organization.   

“With record attrition during the pandemic, we are now in an era of workplace upheaval. Employees are not employees. They are knowledge workers and consumers who now choose their workplace of choice and how they get paid.”

In one of our recent blog posts, we talked about the never-ending challenges new employees have during the onboarding process. Following a close assessment of an organization’s main concerns, we uncovered that customization is the secret to developing a successful onboarding experience. Numans makes the entire process purposeful, ultimately hoping to break down barriers and set new expectations for how people work.

2. Learnerbly:  Sparking growth in your people and business with democratized workplace learning

Over 100 world-class organizations use Learnerbly to inspire employees to learn and grow their skills. The workplace learning platform curates content from 250+ top providers, enabling employees to choose learning initiatives and styles that best match their preferences. From e-learning, coaching sessions, and courses to conferences and books, Learnerbly takes L&D to a whole new level, ultimately improving employee work performance & retention, and business results. 

3. Zapier:  Get your software working together, automatically.

For HR and TA managers who work with different productivity and business apps, Zappier an excellent tool for creating interlinked functions. The platform’s main selling point is that multiple apps and actions can be combined into a single Zap. Versatility is one of Zappier’s most impressive features. Automated workflows are easy to create, enabling managers with little to no coding experience or technical knowledge to automate repetitive and challenging tasks with a few clicks.

4. Workable: The recruiting software that brings big ideas & amazing talent together

Over 20,000 organizations have made Workable their go-to ATS. It comes with an insane amount of features, including job descriptions, sample interview questions, and HR hiring email templates, and it easily integrates with over 70 apps and tools. 

For hiring teams, Workable makes the whole process of talent acquisition more fluid because it enables them to keep track of new candidates a lot easier, at the same time allowing them to perfect their hiring methodology, collaborate better with candidates, and achieve faster time to hire. 

5. Greenhouse: Hire for the right person in every role

Used by corporations like Pinterest, Booking.com, and Cisco Meraki, the mission of Greenhouse is to “make every company great at hiring”. As one of the fastest-growing ATSs in the market, it pledges to design, streamline, and automate nearly all aspects of the hiring process including managing interviews, sourcing applications, onboarding new hires, setting up post-hiring activities, and a lot more. 

“With Greenhouse, the reporting feature is extremely accurate. It helped me improve recruitment processes and figure out numerous bottlenecks, because it’s not always about lack of candidates, but about lack of communication within teams. When I worked at Clue, the time-to-hire was about 8 to 10 weeks. With Greenhouse, we’ve managed to reduce it to 2 to 4 weeks.”


6.  Bullhorn: Global leader in software for the staffing industry

Bullhorn is yet another ATS working checking out. Better known as a global leader in CRM & operations software, over 10,000 companies use Bullhorn to manage recruitment workflows, eliminate manual work, and drive teams to hire more efficiently. The cloud-based platform argues to “work the way you work, no matter your role”, promoting agility and fluidity in every step of the recruitment process. 

7. Personio

Founded in 2015, HR software Personio enables companies to automate all processes involving HR, including recruitment, management, payments, and development. Their mission is to “make HR professionals real heroes by giving them more time to focus on what matters most: the employees”. With Personio, HR leaders will be able to digitize time-consuming HR processes and therefore have more time for strategic approaches such as employer branding and talent development.

8.  Nifty Learning:  Operational Intelligence for Learning & Development

Nifty Learning aims to bring operational intelligence to enterprise L&D teams via a user-friendly platform that automates learning activities, at the same time monitoring learning data in real-time with full context and

history. From corporate training processes and workflows, Nifty Learning is an excellent tool for organizations looking to upgrade their learning and professional development initiatives. 

 “At Nifty, we believe tedious L&D admin work should be a thing of the past. That’s why we’re setting a new LMS standard – Nifty is user-friendly, intuitive, and it works for you, not against you.”

9. Blinkist: The mobile-first microlearning app for you and your business

Since L&D is not just about training, there are alternative learning methods that companies should check out to keep employees engaged, productive, and more efficient. German-based Blinkist, for example, is an excellent microlearning tool for busy employees who would like to read more but lack the time to do it properly. Their “books-in-blinks” are 15-minute summaries of nearly 4,000 fiction/non-fiction books (or audiobooks) in a wide variety of genres. 

10. Notion:  The connected workspace for your docs, projects, and knowledge

Learning in the flow of work is a great way to make learning feel less obtrusive and more natural among busy employees. For companies seeking to improve knowledge retention and drive productivity, Notion is the “all-in-one workspace” that makes learning at work even more enjoyable via cheat sheets, checklists, to-do lists, process flows, diagrams, FAQs, and a lot more. Built to empower teams in different departments, Notion enables workflow customization, turning tribal knowledge into easy-to-find answers. 


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