ABOUT THE TALENT KEEPER SPECIALISTS
We’re here to support employees and employers alike to get the most out of people returning to work – whether that’s after maternity or shared parental leave, sickness or sabbatical, or any other extended period of leave. Our practical solutions are designed both to support the individual and to educate employers in this vital area.
Today’s workplace is waking up to the needs of an increasingly diverse and complex workforce. Many of us seek fulfilment in work, but in turn we need our employers to recognise that people have personal priorities too, and to help them find a healthy, sustainable balance between the two.
Returnees are a key issue here. Many people have to take an extended period of absence from work, for a whole range of reasons, but historically employers have not always addressed this need well. Returnees may feel lacking in confidence and out of the loop, and employers have not always provided adequate practical or emotional support for those feeling their way back into a role. Worse, returnees have sometimes been penalised for their absence, in the form of reduced opportunities for development or promotion.
MAXIMISING THE POTENTIAL OF RETURNEES
Yet returnees represent a massive potential resource that UK plc has yet to fully tap into. Maximising the impact of their return benefits everyone: returnees are typically keen to get on, productive, pragmatic and loyal. They are highly likely to reward an enlightened, supportive employer with motivation, high performance, and the benefits of their experience and expertise.
The Talent Keeper Specialists was founded in 2012 by Jessica Chivers to address this issue from every angle, at every level. Individual change sometimes isn’t possible without cultural transformation, so we provide support, advice and expertise to all those involved in the return-to-work process – from 1:1 coaching for returnees, to workshops for line managers, to business-case and policy advice for HR leaders and executive sponsors.
All our work is customised to the needs of the individual and the organisation, and is informed by the latest research and best-practice case studies. We work hard to understand our clients, whether that’s being sensitive to who’s in the room or being realistic about a business’ commercial challenges. Our experience ranges widely across industries, sectors, disciplines and pay grades.
Above all, we are passionate about what we do: making sure that the talent an organisation already has doesn’t go overlooked or unused, but is fully recognised and encouraged to flourish and deliver