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The Talent Keeper Specialists


The Talent Keeper Specialists provide insights and solutions to maximise the professional potential of employees coming back to work after a break.

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.

We work with the following groups of people at organisations including BlackRock, ITV and Cisco:

  • Line managers
  • Returning colleagues
  • EDI/Talent practitioners
  • Executive sponsors

Our solutions fall into six camps

  1. Executive coaching

  2. Comeback workshops

  3. Flexible workplace workshops

  4. Building (HR) capability consultancy

  5. Tailored ‘comeback’ communications (internal communications/staff handbook)

  6. NEW: Digital Comeback Community™ platform

This is the first time we have run anything like this before and the feedback has been amazing, from both returners and line managers. Line managers are able to speak to others experiencing the same situation and understand how to support their returner in a way that works for both them and the individual. - Kirsty Duncan, Head of Learning & Development, ITV

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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.

The Talent Keeper Specialists was founded in 2012 by Jessica Chivers, coaching psychologist and author of Mothers Work! How to Get a Grip on Guilt and Make a Smooth Return to Work to address this issue from every angle, at every level.

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.

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