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An Exploratory Study on how the Potential Talent of Social Care Workers is Nurtured and Developed within an Irish Social Care Setting

Roche, William (2021) An Exploratory Study on how the Potential Talent of Social Care Workers is Nurtured and Developed within an Irish Social Care Setting. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Talent Management (TM) has become an increasingly popular practice in the field of modern HR management. However, there is little research available to explore the implementation and effectiveness of TM practices in the Irish Social Care sector. This study explores how the potential talent of Social Care Worker’s is nurtured and developed within an Irish Social Care setting. Semi-structured interviews are carried out with eight care workers working in an Irish Social Care setting. The research questions guide the research in identifying current practices being used to nurture, manage, and develop talent, staff’s perceptions on how their continuous professional development (CPD) is promoted, the practical effectiveness of current TM practices and the efficiency of job advertisements in the Social Care sector.

The results of the semi-structured interviews showed that there is a predominantly inclusive approach to managing talent within the care setting researched. Initiatives used in the social care setting to nurture and manage talent are implemented from an all-encompassing approach which fosters the skills and talent of all workers, inclusively. The HSE’s current and past education and development strategies are discussed throughout and evaluated in practice. The research finds that current initiatives being delivered by the HSE such as HSE land, are proving efficient and beneficial for staff working within the sector. Staff discuss the importance of management support and direction in guiding their CPD. The study suggests that attention is needed in devising accurate job advertisements which reflect a precise description of job duties in practice. Results of the study show that a lack of transparency in job advertisements can negatively impact TM practices such as staff recruitment, retention, and satisfaction in the workplace.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Talent Management; Social Care Work; Ireland
Subjects: R Medicine > Healthcare Industry
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > Ireland
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Talent Management
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2022 11:57
Last Modified: 27 Jan 2022 11:57

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