It´s All About People – Defining and Promoting Diversity and New Talent Management: A PIARC Technical Report

Market dynamics within the transportation sector, and more specifically, emerging and disruptive technological advancements, have necessitated that Transport Administrations critically review how they proactively manage their unique organisational skills and capabilities in order to better serve current and future customer needs. The purpose of this technical report was to investigate how Transport Administrations managed diversity and talent management within their organisations, encompassing Transport Administrations from countries at all stages of development. This study sought to establish issues and approaches for promoting diversity, as well as approaches for talent management within Transport Administrations. Diversity refers to multiple factors, experiences, cultures, and physical attributes that influence interactions within a community and that might represent disadvantages in achieving personal, professional, and community opportunities. Talent management is the systematic attraction, identification, development, engagement, retention, and deployment of new talent and key competences. Methodologies engaged to collect data under this topic included a review of existing literature, a series of virtual Round Table discussions with representatives from the transportation sector, an online survey questionnaire, five case studies on new talent and key competencies for Transport Administrations, as well as nineteen case studies on the management of diversity by Transport Administrations. Some of the primary findings identified with reference to diversity and talent management: It was found that not all countries dealt with the same dimensions of diversity. However, gender, ethnicity, and disability were the most prevalent dimensions of diversity that organisations concerned themselves with, which was informed by each country’s employment equity laws and legislation; Whilst different countries might analyse the same dimension of diversity, there were instances where the interpretation differed significantly, which was influenced by the socio-economic and geopolitical nuances of the various countries; The strongest motives for managing diversity were that it has been shown to improve overall performance, innovation, trust environment, customer orientation, value perception, connected thinking and problem-solving capabilities; When it comes to both diversity and talent management, the performance management axiom of “You can’t manage what you can’t measure” was found to be more than relevant, across the entire organisation and monitored at each rung of the organisational hierarchy; There is an inherent intersectional relationship between the various dimensions of diversity, which require proactive strategies aimed at creating an inclusive culture and enabling work environment, complimented by organisational policies that deal with the spectrum of inherent biases; It was found that diversity enables the achievement of capturing new talent, which is a primary objective of talent management. Both diversity and talent management are a critical HR (Human Resource) capability; Perceptions of an organisation’s brand are key considerations for the attractiveness of that organisation and talent tends to align themselves with organisations that have values that compliment theirs; Management commitment, accountability, and leadership are critical to any initiatives undertaken by an administration to address diversity and talent management issues.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: PIARC Technical Report
  • Features: Figures; Glossary; Illustrations; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 110p

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  • Accession Number: 01891690
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 978284060
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 2023R12EN
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 28 2023 9:34AM