SilkRoad Technology-Sponsored Report Highlights How Leading Organizations Use Assessments to Improve Performance

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Aberdeen Group report surveys 400 executives; Complimentary copy made possible in part by SilkRoad sponsorship

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Assessments in Talent Management: Strategies to Improve Pre- and Post-hire Performance

Winston-Salem, N.C. (PRWEB) April 29, 2009 - While 90 percent of all organizations use employee assessment to evaluate talent before a hire, only 61 percent of organizations adhere to ongoing assessment to improve performance, according to a recent Aberdeen study sponsored in part by SilkRoad technology, inc., the leading provider of talent management solutions. The study, "Assessments in Talent Management: Strategies to Improve Pre- and Post-hire Performance" examines how leading organizations use assessments to recruit, develop and retain top talent.

Aberdeen interviewed approximately 400 executives for the study and found 61 percent of all organizations currently use form assessments in their talent management initiatives with another 16 percent planning adoptions for next year. The analysis found that though nearly 9 out of 10 organizations used assessments for "screening for fit and skills in the pre-hire/pre-interview stage" the Best-in-Class organizations set themselves apart by using assessments in the post-hire stages of talent management. By doing so the Best-in-Class organizations "achieved superior year-over-year performance gains."

A complimentary copy of the Aberdeen report has been made available by SilkRoad and other sponsors at:    

"While assessments will be central to enable Best-in-Class organizations to filter through the increased influx of applicants in order to find the most qualified or best 'fit' candidates, they will also be critical to help these organizations develop, retain, and promote the talent they cannot afford to lose," said Jayson Saba, senior research associate, Human Capital Management at Aberdeen.

"The Aberdeen Group's most recent report shows the importance of assessments in helping organizations find and keep the best talent to achieve their business goals," said SilkRoad technology CEO, Andrew J. "Flip" Filipowski. "We are excited to be able to take part in this study and make this valuable information available to organizations. As a provider of talent management solutions we are always looking for ways to improve performance and retention at our clients' organizations."

SilkRoad provides a suite of Web-based talent management solutions, including WingSpan™, which helps organizations achieve perfect alignment between corporate strategy and day-to-day activities of employees. Other products include: OpenHire™, a market-leading recruiting management solution, RedCarpet™ for onboarding and life events, WingSpan for flexible employee performance management, GreenLight™ for learning management, and Eprise™ for employee intranets and content management.

About SilkRoad technology, inc.
SilkRoad technology, inc. provides software as a service (SaaS) solutions that significantly improve the talent within its more than 1000 customers across the globe. Through SilkRoad's Life Suite™, an integrated talent management solution, companies are able to hire better employees, identify high and low performers, drive a pay-for-performance culture and improve employee tenure. The SilkRoad Life Suite includes OpenHire™ for recruiting management, RedCarpet™ for employee onboarding and life events, WingSpan™ for flexible employee performance management, GreenLight™ for learning management, and Eprise™ for employee intranets and content management.

SilkRoad technology is headquartered in Winston-Salem, NC with offices in Bedford, MA; Chicago, IL; West Long Branch, NJ; Jacksonville, FL; Edmonton, Canada; Singapore; Sydney, Australia and Hamburg, Germany. More information is available on the Web at or by phone: U.S. toll free at 866-329-3363 or internationally at +1-336-201-5100.

About Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company
Aberdeen is a leading provider of fact-based research and market intelligence that delivers demonstrable results. Having benchmarked more than 30,000 companies in the past two years, Aberdeen is uniquely positioned to educate users to action: driving market awareness, creating demand, enabling sales, and delivering meaningful return-on-investment analysis. As the trusted advisor to the global technology markets, corporations turn to Aberdeen™ for insights that drive decisions.

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