Research Competition 2018

HR logo_OFFICIALResearch Competition 2018 – WINNER

In partnership with HR Magazine, Roffey Park is delighted announce the winner of the 2018 research competition.

‘The key to retaining talent: the leader’s role in creating a supporting and caring culture’.

Julie Thomas, our winner, is a lecturer in HR Management at University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Her paper is built around a case study exploring retention strategies in a local authority in Wales where Children’s Services were under-performing and being subjected to regular inspections. In a prevailing environment of high sickness absence, high turnover and a chronic shortage of staff, and where disciplinary and grievance procedures were commonplace, what could be done to bolster retention and encourage social workers to stay?

Download for free here:  The Key to Retaining Talent  by Julie Thomas.

The most striking feature of the findings of this paper is that almost all of the reasons talent was being lost from Children’s Services were within the organisation’s control. Both the literature review and the collective responses of Social Workers indicated that providing comprehensive and visible support was the most critical factor for retention. In the report we also translate the findings to a wider context

You can read some of the recent winning papers on our website:

Where Organisation Development Thrives

Research into Followership: a practitioner’s perspective

Power – the invisible architect of organisational change

A Field Guide to Collaboration

Developing Board Effectiveness

Mastering Conversation