Predict Demand Shifts

Access Skill Profiles

Connect Workers at Scale

Accelerate Learning

Faster Shared Resilience

Human Resources / Talent & Organization

When businesses unlock the power of Human Resources they access a new level of workforce transformation.

Helping leadership drive talent transformation

In these unprecedented times, businesses are working together at record speed and scale to take on the enormous challenges that now touch everyone, everywhere. While many leaders believe innovative technology is the answer, we know its only part of the solution, with the most successful organizations elevating their people and harnessing human potential to create sustainable competitive advantage.

Creating shared workforce resilience

Workforce resilience is being tested like never before. We help Human Resources Officers to meet the challenge with 5 ways to help organizations rise, recover and respond.

A plan for shared resilience

Human Resources Officers can focus on five key areas to help their organizations achieve long-lasting workforce resilience.

1. Predict Demand Shifts

Identify and forecast where workforce shifts need to occur. The unprecedented disruption and pace of change can make traditional forecasting models obsolete. Rapid, iterative modeling of potential scenarios can optimize decision making. It won’t be perfect, but it can be sufficient to start planning and taking action.

Key question:

 

How do you use analytics to understand and prepare for the shifts of workers across industries and companies?

 

Key activities:

 

  • Start with possible scenarios and rapidly build a workforce approach. Start with current needs and look into the future. Evolve your plan to include elasticity and resilience in workforce skilling and sourcing.

  • Hone in on skills. Outline the future skills and aptitudes required, versus jobs or people, and define the high-level skills profiles needed for both the expanding and declining work in your organization.

  • Tap technology and analytics to uncover what an excel spreadsheet can’t show you. Use AI and machine learning to expose local labor-market supply and demand, sometimes in other industries, for potentially impacted work and associated skills.

 

2. Assess Skill Profiles

Create a baseline for the skills you possess versus skills predicted to be in high demand. Create future-oriented profiles based on the skills, aptitudes and interests required. Look for unique combinations and consider related adjacent skills that can broaden the range of available roles.

Key question:

 

How do you assess the optimal shift in your workforce, both in number and skills?

 

Key activities:

 

  • Double down on skills. Develop skill profiles of displaced and in-demand workers with key information like role, skills, proficiency, experience, hours, pay, home and work location.

  • Don’t underestimate aptitudes and adjacencies. Move at pace by using AI and machine learning techniques to assess not only skills, but also aptitudes. In accounting for market shifts, consider and model skill adjacencies for in-demand work.

  • Be transparent with your people. Share information on individual skill profiles, the in-demand skills and the development opportunities during the assessment process. Seek to give access and control of the skill profile to the employee.

 

3. Connect Workers at Scale

Bring together people at scale by shifting impacted people within or outside the organization. Regardless of industry barriers, organizations can partner to build a resilient ecosystem that helps people access continued employment opportunities.

Key question:

 

How do you collaborate internally across functions and externally across industries to connect people to future work?

 

Key activities:

 

  • Create unlikely partnerships. Look to develop non-profit, public sector and outside industry relationships directly, or leverage intermediaries, that deliver opportunities by helping match groups of people with needed skills to employers with specific skill needs.

  • Reconsider the workforce model. Look at alternative employment models and other job design options to respond rapidly to workforce shifts.

  • Stay grounded in skills and aptitudes. Connect impacted people by matching their direct and/or adjacent skills to new opportunities and interests.

 

4. Accelerated Learning

Use your insights into demand profiles to develop a well-defined picture of the relevant skills needed. By comparing existing skills to current needs, HR can identify the skill gaps for the organization. Create the ability for people to rapidly learn, in order to change the trajectory of their career.

Key question:

 

How do you accelerate individuals’ learning curves, so they can become more productive? Or, so they can become a productive member of someone else’s organization?

 

Key activities:

 

  • Tap into human potential. Allow people to opt in and choose their learning. Don’t underestimate the human potential to continually learn and grow.

  • Address the most critical skillset gaps within the organization. Leverage agile platforms to quickly develop curated learning pathways and facilitate learning networks.

  • Close the gap on skill adjacencies. Take advantage of the high degree of transferability between needed skills and related adjacent skills. Accelerate learning based on the most in-demand adjacent skills.

 

5. Foster Shared Resilience

Creating shared workforce resilience means embracing vulnerability and encouraging open sharing about what’s hard and uncomfortable. These behaviors and mindsets lay the foundation for new ways of working that foster a more collaborative and less competitive talent ecosystem.

Key question:

 

How do you care for, nurture and foster resilience in people?

 

Key activities:

 

  • Keep innovating and investing. Explore new operating models that unleash people’s ability to quickly adapt to change. Time and money in new alliances, learning and ecosystems will support a more adaptive and resilient workforce.

  • Encourage and expect personal growth. Create the space and opportunity for people to build confidence in their skills and potential as they shift into new work.

  • Stay connected with your people. Continue to foster trust by creating opt-in opportunities for temporarily transitioned people to access ongoing learning and hear about open roles or workforce shifts. Enable people to plan for work transitions with confidence.