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SOMA (Leroy Merlin): a complete solution for talent management

Using the digital platform GFoundry, Leroy Merlin implemented a solution for all its employees that it called SOMA.

This solution aims to change the way its employees communicate and interact in key moments, such as performance evaluation, management of individual development plans, recognition, feedback, on-boarding, among others.

Cláudia Batista, responsible for the implementation of this project, which touches more than 5,000 employees, explained to the Câmara de Comércio e Indústria Portuguesa (CCIP) the fundamentals of this ambitious solution:

With the goal of attracting, managing and retaining talent in an increasingly digital world, Leroy Merlin implemented a digital engagement platform – SOMA, which offers a diversity of modules to fill the needs of Human Resources, but also of the different areas of the entire company.

Our strategy was to ensure that one of the most important processes in Human Resources – performance evaluation – would be integrated with other gamified modules available on the platform.

An example of this integration was the launch of the “Soma Recognition” module, where colleagues can be recognised and positive feedback can be given and the “Soma Knowledge” Training module, where learning is promoted while points are earned.

With this solution we guarantee that the entire performance management process is truly ongoing and easy to access. Employees always have their objectives and development plan available in the “Soma Talent” module. They can update their managers at any time.

We are constantly evolving and strategically outlining all steps to embrace new challenges. One of the next steps is to incorporate onboarding of new employees.

Cláudia Batista – Talent Development and Learning Manager @ Leroy Merlin

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