As worker attitudes continue to change, traditional work patterns look increasingly out-dated. Yet, until now, only a few companies have been developing a fully integrated approach to talent management – one that make the most of worker willingness to be flexible and entrepreneurial.
This was the goal of the Ci Agile Resourcing programme. Partners in the programme included BT, Boeing, Marriott, Nokia, Pfizer, Oxfam, PricewaterhouseCoopers and UBS.
The programme included a benchmarking study of 44 companies, which concluded that while flexible working practices are common, very few companies have linked them with the financial business case for agility. Then IBM has publicised its ‘Supply Chain Approach to People’, estimating a $500m benefit for IBM in a single year, and the concept began to spread.
During the Agile Resourcing Programme, the Ci team provided a steady stream of research, market scanning, articles and case studies, combined with events at which the Agile Resourcing partners were able to share ideas and practices from across a diverse range of industry sectors. Themes included:
- What are the most successful approaches to ‘capturing’ skills across and beyond an enterprise?
- How can we best support strategic business scenarios with workforce planning data?
- How can we encourage a culture in which people willingly re-train and make horizontal career moves?
- How can we make best use of older workers whose ambitions are different from young talent groups?
Global Survey – Redesigning Work
The Ci team also conducted a new global survey – “Redesigning Work” – which assessed in detail the demand for non-traditional work arrangements, and was promoted by 30+ survey partners worldwide. The full results were available to the Ci Group’s Agile Resourcing partners and the conclusions were then published as the Manifesto for the New Agile Workplace.
Now that the programme is complete, other companies can also use the Redesigning Work survey internally (with staff and/or with your external contractors) to gain an unique assessment of your human capital in order to create a more agile workforce.