Winning With a Flexible Workforce

Capitalizing on the new world of work requires new mindsets and capabilities

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Winning With a Flexible Workforce

Capitalizing on the new world of work requires new mindsets and capabilities

Digital disruption is forcing companies to think about talent in radically new ways. Even the longest-lived brands are finding that new technologies and changing consumer preferences have compelled them to access talent in ways that were unrecognizable a decade ago.

 

Companies will not succeed in today's rapidly changing business environment if they rely solely on the relatively small number of people who happen to wear a company's employee badge. Companies must now focus less on the fixed supply of in-house people and more on the capabilities they need to get work done. Those that are able to easily access and manage skilled, independent workers will be able to unleash fresh energy and thinking inside their organizations.

1. The Organizational Mindset of the Future


2. The New World of On-Demand Talent


3. The Organizational Shift Required


4. Creating the Change


5. A New Way of Working

 

T A B L E  O F  C O N T E N T S

It’s a fact: Most great people, ideas and capabilities lie outside the walls of any individual organization.Companies will simply not succeed in today’s rapidly changing business environment if they rely only on the relatively small number of people who happen to wear that company’s employee badge. Organizations need to develop an “outside-in” lens on talent. Many organizations still look at talent the old-fashioned way: a job description, a search, an internal hire for a full-time position. Increasingly, however, smart executives are viewing talent as a much more flexible and connected resource. For a particular deliverable, need, or project, their default way of thinking focuses less on the fixed supply of in-house people who can handle the work and more on the capabilities they need to get the work done and how they can best access those capabilities.

 

Companies that adapt to this new mindset will be able to take advantage of capabilities wherever they are located. They will access new markets more readily than in the past. They will enjoy newfound agility in seizing strategic opportunities. They will quickly tap into new ideas and unleash fresh energy and thinking inside their organizations. In short, they will win. 

 

The Organizational Mindset of the Future

Those companies that don’t capitalize on changes in the workforce will miss out on new opportunities, take too long to seize existing opportunities, and ultimately fail to innovate.

 

Flexible talent-access platforms are enabling the new world of work, making it easier than ever before to bring in the right skills for the right project at the right time. These platforms can connect the highly skilled people that companies need with the work they need done.

 

But making the most of these platforms - and the promise of unconstrained access to capabilities that they provide - is not as simple as bolting a solution onto an existing organization. Organizations must be built with the new world of work in mind. Old mindsets, policies, and procedures that enable an internal-only workforce need to change. Winning in the future will require a deliberate and systematic approach. 

 

The Organizational Mindset of the Future

The Organizational Mindset of the Future

Companies that adapt to a new mindset will enjoy newfound agility.

 

Digital disruption is forcing companies to think about talent in radically new ways. Even the longest-lived brands are finding that new technologies and changing consumer preferences have compelled them to access talent in ways that were unrecognizable a decade ago.

 

Companies will not succeed in today's rapidly changing business environment if they rely solely on the relatively small number of people who happen to wear a company's employee badge. Companies must now focus less on the fixed supply of in-house people and more on the capabilities they need to get work done. Those that are able to easily access and manage skilled, independent workers will be able to unleash fresh energy and thinking inside their organizations.

 

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