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Critical success factors for integrating talent management strategies with wellness interventions

Jennifer C. Nzonzo, Yvonne du Plessis
SA Journal of Human Resource Management | Vol 18 | a1353 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajhrm.v18i0.1353 | © 2020 Jennifer C. Nzonzo, Yvonne du Plessis | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 March 2020 | Published: 28 September 2020

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Jennifer C. Nzonzo, NWU Business School, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, Mafikengst University, Mafikeng Campus, Mafikeng, South Africa
Yvonne du Plessis, NWU Business School, Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, North-West University, Mafikeng Campus, Mafikeng, South Africa


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Abstract

Orientation: The current demands in organisations continue to challenge the need for creative, flexible and responsive talent to ensure customers’ needs are met. This demanding environment puts more emphasis on employee wellness management to ensure talent efficiency and effectiveness.

Research purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the critical success factors that influence the adoption and integration of talent management strategies with wellness interventions.

Motivation of the study: There is limited research on a holistic and integrated approach of how talent management strategies should be effectively integrated with wellness interventions in organisations.

Research approach/design and method: A qualitative enquiry was adopted where 10 in-depth interviews with human resource professionals within South African organisations were conducted. The transcribed interviews were analysed using the thematic analysis process.

Main findings: The qualitative results showed that the organisational environment inextricably influenced the adoption and integration of talent management strategies and wellness interventions. In addition, the most critical success factor realised for this study was the establishment of a talent-wellness organisational culture.

Practical/managerial implications: Human resource professionals should have an in-depth understanding of the impact of holistic talent management and wellness strategies in their organisations.

Contribution/value addition: This study brought to the fore that talent management without aligned wellness interventions will not optimise talent. It also indicated the critical success factors essential for integrating talent management strategies with wellness interventions.


Keywords

employee wellness; competitive advantage; human resource management; talent management; management strategies

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