Research by IBM and the Human Capital Institute found that there are two competencies shared by high-performing companies when it comes to investing in their work forces: aligning worker incentives to business goals and learning about and dealing with employee attitudes and engagement. They surveyed 1,900 people in 1,000 different organizations and asked them to evaluate their organizations in several areas of talent development including recruiting and retention, motivation and development and transforming and sustaining. Big companies did better across the board, but smaller firms were found to be better at dealing with issues on individual issues. Those that did score higher across all competencies were also found to be more financially successful.
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