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June 8, 2015 — Bersin by Deloitte today announced Marriott International, a
global travel company, as the ultimate award recipient of the 2015 WhatWorks®Award Program for Voyage, an innovative program designed to attract top talent
through targeted recruiting, training and the use of virtual technologies.
Results of the WhatWorks Award Program, which recognizes innovation and excellence
across the critical areas of high-impact HR, learning and talent, were
announced April 30 at Bersin by Deloitte’s annual research conference, IMPACT
2015, at the Trump National Doral resort in Miami, Florida.
International was among five top contenders that presented their achievements
in a special session with IMPACT 2015 conference attendees. Marriott
International and the additional finalists, which included Autotrader,
Kettering Health Network, Rite-Solutions and T-Mobile, focused on programs to
acquire, train, engage and retain top talent, develop leaders, optimize and
transform human resource organizations to drive business innovation and growth.
Bersin by Deloitte analysts were joined by other industry leaders in choosing
the finalists. HR professionals attending the special session voted to choose
the ultimate award recipient. Marriott International and the other finalists
are featured in the print and digital versions of Human Resource Executive®
magazine’s first June edition.
International with its Voyage program prevailed over more than 100 competitors
to take the top spot in this year’s program,” said David Mallon, head of
Research, Bersin by Deloitte, Deloitte Consulting LLP. “With its entry in the
category of Acquiring Top Talent, Marriott was recognized for developing a
program that creates a highly trained pipeline of entry-level leaders while
providing a globally consistent and enriching experience for the company’s next
generation of leaders. This year’s leading WhatWorks Award Program entries in
all categories showcased inventive and pragmatic solutions to real challenges
in a world of work that continues to grow and change. This is especially the
case in the areas of attracting, developing, engaging and retaining top talent
with skills essential to drive agility, innovation and competitive advantage.”
International’s Voyage program works to attract top talent through three
strategic areas: continent- specific partnerships and targeted recruiting from
top universities; a comprehensive and unique program curriculum; and the use of
virtual technologies that enable participants to network and learn from each
other as well as from mentors and Marriott executives.
“We are honored
that our Voyage program has received this recognition,” said David Traina, vice
president, Global Talent Acquisition, Marriott International. “Since its
inception in 2013, more than 900 Voyagers have been hired
into the organization in 37 countries worldwide. Participant feedback helps us
to develop and launch new technologies each year.”
WhatWorks categories and finalists include:
Tomorrow’s Leaders: T-Mobile finished first for creating a program to identify
and accelerate the development of next-generation leaders. At current
enrollment rates, the program within three years will increase T-Mobile’s
succession pool by 24 mobile general executives. The potential savings in
talent acquisition costs for these executives could exceed $7 million when
factoring in compensation, acquisition and related costs.
High-Impact Learning: Autotrader, part of Cox Automotive, finished first for a
fully mobile innovative training initiative that combined manager coaching and
learning technologies, including gamification, to create a better product
learning strategy. The new program reduced the average time for a product
launch by more than 70 percent, and saved more than $1 million in training
costs compared with previous launches.
Management: Kettering Health Network finished first for revising its vision,
processes and technologies to implement an integrated talent management
approach to operating its network of more than 11,000 employees and 2,100 physicians. The Nursing Human Resources team learned that staff competency was
an essential factor in employee retention and engagement, leadership
development and patient-care excellence. Armed with this information, the
Nursing Human Resources team made a strategic decision to have staff competency
drive talent management.
Rite-Solutions finished first for creating an online innovation engine that
uses a gaming strategy to help its employees create and collaborate on ideas
for new products, improve internal processes, enhance customer service and
drive technological change. Rewards and recognition are offered for the top
ideas/players. The design of the application allows employees at all levels to
introduce new ideas and engage in the evaluation of ideas created by fellow
employees. One employee’s idea, built upon by others, led to the company
winning a multimillion-dollar contract with a government agency in 2014.
WhatWorks Award Program-related activities will include public webinars featuring specific HR,
training and talent management topic areas and leaders.
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