Development of the performance-potential survey for the quantitative placement of employees on the talent matrix

Alejandro González Cánovas, Juan Fernández Millán, Marina Fernández Navas, Victoria Sánchez Mas


Purpose: The limited research conducted (scientific articles published in indexed journals) belies the interest that the talent matrix has in the business world. It is for this reason that the present work has been carried out, the aim of which is to create and validate a survey. The scores obtained reflect the positions of employees on the talent matrix, which will make it possible to place the evaluated subjects according to a quantitative criterion.

Design/methodology/approach: The participants were 172 employees from different companies who were evaluated by middle management. 64.9% were men, and 35.1% were women. The research is framed within the “Instrumental studies” methodology, having used a non-probabilistic convenience sampling technique.

Findings/results: An 8-item survey has been developed on which the performance, potential and total scores allow us to quantitatively place the employees in the different boxes on the talent matrix. This serves to establish the human capital of the company and to facilitate staff replacements or promotions.

Practical implications: A validated instrument is provided to determine quickly and easily the talent of the human capital, on both an individual and a group level, which will permit decision-making for personnel management.

Social implications: The use of a quantitative instrument improves the perception of fairness on the part of businesses, and therefore improves the organizational climate.

Originality/value: The research is aimed, and we believe would be of interest to Human Resource professionals, since it provides them with a tool that can be used to evaluate the talent of employees.


Talent matrix, performance, potential

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Online ISSN: 1697-9818; Print ISSN: 2014-3214; DL: B-33375-2004

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