These future-of-work experts—the companies that provide the open-talent platforms, and the companies that utilize open tools—already have a global infrastructure of talented problem solvers in place. Here’s how they are partnering with that talent to help crush Covid-19.
Independent Workers Can Fill In Your Skill Gaps—Here Are The Three Strategic Questions To Be Asking When Using Outsourced Talent
Open talent is a phenomenal solution to moving businesses forward in an era of rapid digital transformation. Tapping into this growing workforce segment means considering new worker-company relationships from all sides. This is something all businesses will need to consider at some point.
Can you remember the first time you hired someone—or a service—online? I can barely pinpoint that time, myself. The thing is, open talent platforms or “talent communities” have been around for decades (yes, plural). But until recently many companies showed reluctance to make them a significant part of their workforce/talent strategy.
Open talent strategies and horizontal cross-functional teams are replacing traditional vertical hierarchies and siloed organizational models. But change can be hard.
Most businesses today have structured hierarchies and operate in a silo. A model in which workers start at entry level and slowly advance over many years. Open talent models offer a radical, and often impactful, departure from this old school way of doing things. Is your business experimenting with open talent?
Open talent doesn’t solve everything, but businesses that are taking a team-oriented, challenge focused, and flexible approach to talent are seeing big gains. Find out why in Open Assembly’s Future of Work 2020 Trends Report.
Paul Estes is the author of the book Gig Mindset. He led the charge a while back within Microsoft, bringing programs to support and facilitate working with an on-demand workforce for Microsoft itself and Microsoft clients. John Winsor recently checked it with Paul about how he shifted his mindset and created the momentum to not only change his own life, but to change how an entire company does business. Here are some of the insights he shared.
The freelance economy is revolutionizing the work lives of busy execs and their teams who are using open source platforms and talent to accomplish more in less time. Every week, new gig-centric platforms sprout up that give execs and companies access to talent pools—from assistants with general skills to highly specialized technologists.
Developing and implementing an open talent strategy—one that engages contract freelancers in a structured way within your company—is an exciting step that puts organizations out front of innovation. But it can feel like shaky territory for some parts of businesses, notably IP, legal, and other key stakeholders whose job it is to uphold the business’s integrity while pursuing innovation and growth.
A future where companies have more freelancers than permanent staff has long been predicted by folks like Forbes contributor Jon Younger, Ph.D., a writer and advisor to HR tech startups. In fact, companies like Google are already there, he says. In his work, Jon helps envision how workforce changes will affect employees and the human-resources function once companies scale. I had the opportunity to chat with Jon recently about the emerging implications of this new paradigm for businesses and employees. Here are a few of the top takeaways from that conversation.