EXPLORING ASSOCIATION BETWEEN HR INDEPENDENCE IN ORGANIZING EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND THE AVAILABILITY OF EDUCATIONAL AND TALENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS IN THE COMPANIES FROM SERBIA AND THE REPUBLIC OF SRPSKA
The aim of the study is to examine the association between HR independence in organizing educational programs and the availability of educational and talent management programs in the company. This study was conducted with the aim of demonstrating the importance of giving higher responsibility and independence to HR managers, especially in the field of education and training where they are undoubtedly experts. More recent articles were used, drawing conclusions from global practices on the topics of Human resource management and HR practices, Talent management, Management education, Development and training of employees, Labor market, Soft skills and hard skills of employees, Work environment, Organisational leadership, Performance management, Compensation strategies, Employee engagement, Employee motivation, and Organisational psychology. The study is part of the CEDEF (Central European Development Forum) research project, where 43 HR representatives answered structured in-depth telephone interviews lasting 45 to 90 minutes. Hypotheses are tested with non-parametric tests: Mann-Whitney U test and Chi-square test. With higher HR independence in nominating candidates for educational programs and choosing the type of education, employees have greater chances for professional growth through different educational programs and more often have talent management programs. HR managers who have greater independence in choosing the type of educational programs, more often organize soft skill courses. In the future, we envisage a study that would encompass the availability of educational and talent management programs abroad.