Helping stars play the waiting game

Keep top talent engaged or risk losing them while they wait for a senior position to open up
By Carlo Bos and Tracy Cocivera
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/14/2011

As boomers stay in the workplace longer, and gen-Y bubbles up from below, there is a growing concern: Where is there room for top talent in an ever-narrowing range of senior positions? And what can managers do to satisfy the demand for more challenges and influence when the supply of jobs at the next level doesn’t exist?

Demographic pressures, downsizing and — as we emerge from the recession — permanently restructured workplaces have combined to dry up what was an already limited number of opportunities at the top.

There’s no question organizations need to be creative to keep top talent. One company that provides innovative growth opportunities for top performers is Husky Injection Molding Systems, a Bolton, Ont.-based plastics equipment and services supplier with more than 3,200 employees worldwide.