Theophania Agbonaye: How HR Professionals can reduce the Talent Management Gap

Theophania Agbonaye: How HR Professionals can reduce the Talent Management Gap

Dear Human Resource Professionals,

I want you to give yourselves a round of applause. As professionals in Human Capital Development, you carry out the tough task of acquiring and developing competent employees in an organization. You have honed the art of bringing the mission, vision, and values of an organization to life through the skills, talents, and know-how of committed employees. For that, I must say that you are highly commendable.

Quite frankly, Talent management is not a walk in the park. It is a series of processes that aim at fetching the best candidates for fruitful results. They say that the most constant thing in life is change. Well, that applies to the business space. As the commercial world is dynamic, employees have to keep up with the changes. However, the volatility might be too high to catch up with and the pool of talents and human resources might not be instrumental for the enterprise to gain competitive advantage. Now that’s what we call Talent Gap.

Talent Gap refers to the lack of skilled personnel in an organization. Every organization occasionally faces the crucial issue of Talent Gap. The HR department makes a discretionary effort to fill this gap through various methods.

So let’s go practical. What can you do, as an HR practitioner, do to reduce the talent gap?

  • Reinforce Shared Values

It’s not sufficient to just have a job. An employee should be able to understand the fact that his/ her productivity is connected with organizational values. It’s not enough to assign job tasks. The HR department can assist the employees to understand why completing a task successfully is significant.

  • Emphasize the virtue of learning

While accomplishing business goals is cardinal, comprehending the importance of learning is equally essential. Flip the other side of the coin and ask ”What does the employee want? How does he believe that the talent gap should be filled?” When someone completes the task, celebrate both the outcome and the learning, especially if the assignment wasn’t completed easily.

  • Act as a Role Model

You can openly express your need as a personnel manager to develop skills and wherewithals necessary for your profession. Leaders are naturally followed when they are shown to be learning

  • Present Business Problems as Opportunities

Guide your employees to see corporate setbacks as opportunities to develop their skills and hone their talents for future performance. When workers can detect the causes and stresses inherent in the problems, this can be instrumental to both the organization and the employees

  • Incorporate Talent Development in the Organizational Culture

Organizational Culture is concerned with the norms, ethics, and values that govern the citizenship of the employees. It’s pertinent that the culture should nurture and show that it values growth and development of talent.


So in a nutshell, does Talent gap occur? Yes. Can you overcome it? Absolutely yes. So when you detect a great contrast between the human capital and the business strategies, be rest assured that the aforementioned strategies will work for the betterment of the organization and its employees.


About the writer:

Theophania Agbonaye is a graduate of Business Administration and she currently is specializing on Human Resource Management. She is passionate about talent acquisition and learning and development. She is skilled content writer and blogger and owns her own voice in the Human Resource Management space.

Yewande Jinadu

Yewande Jinadu is the Founder of CareerLife Nigeria( and also a Strategic HR Business Partner of a leading tech firm. She's a certified HR Professional with a mix of Generalist and Specialist Experience who supports the business to achieve it's goals through the people. Her strengths are in Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Employee Engagement, Organization Development and Employer Branding. Her social initiative, CareerLife Foundation solving UN SDG Goal 8 is aimed at reducing unemployment by helping graduates and professionals become Employable and accelerate their career growth. With various awards won both locally and globally, her vision is to help millions of youths achieve measurable success in their career. Yewande holds the Senior Professional of Human Resources International (SPHRi) Certification from the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI), USA. She is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (ACIPM) and has a Practitioners License to practice HR in Nigeria. She's the Convener of the Employability Fitness Program, an initiative aimed at helping young graduates overcome interview Phobia and the barriers in Recruitment process through mentoring. She is a public speaker and has been featured on various media platforms including: BellaNaija, SheLeadsAfrica, GuardianWoman, Women of Rubies etc Some of her recognitions include: Top 50 Career Influencers in Africa by The Workbooth Magazine and also a the top 10 Platinum members of Career Influencers. Top 150 Global HR Influencer by Social Micole. Top 100 Career Women in Nigeria by 9to5Chick Top 30 Leading Women in HR by Worden HCD You can reach out to her by sending a mail to: and follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @careerlifeng

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