HR strategy: why is it time to be agile?

POSTED Nov 4, 2020 BY Nicolas Goldstein

Specialist in digital marketing Nicolas Goldstein wrote this article about ?HR Strategy. The Agile method is everywhere, and it is applicable in all business sectors and departments of the company. Concept born in IT development, Human Resources adapt their strategy in order to optimize every aspect of its human capital management as much as possible.

In a time of immediacy and constant development of skills, Human Resources must also present a perfect CV: adaptability, responsiveness, analytical skills, ability to anticipate.
This is to provide companies with the right talent at the right time and without major red tape. In a highly volatile, challenging, complex economic context, where we speak of "Liquid Workforce", the Agile method seems to be the most plausible answer. Companies like Accenture or like Talenteum has put this concept on track.

 

The Agile method, a solution in tune with the digital age

The Agile method is on everyone's lips. Coming from an eponymous manifesto published relatively recently by a group of American IT developers, it brings together a set of practices for piloting and carrying out projects (IT at the time). Unlike traditional methods, most of which are centuries old, Agile is customer-centric, thus requiring great responsiveness from its practitioners.

Previously reserved for the digital sector, the Agile method has gradually spread and can now be applied everywhere. Why such a success? Companies, comparable to sponsors, need adaptable human capital, open to training and remote collaboration in real time.

In response, Human Resources, suppliers, must source specialized, flexible and responsive talents, capable of rapidly delivering high quality, at rational costs. This way of proceeding relies in particular on the "Liquid Workforce", made up of regular employees, contractors and consultants. Everything is supported by technology, including process automation and artificial intelligence.



The “Liquid Workforce” may become the “new normal”?

If some brandish the threat of uberization, of neo-Taylorism, what should we think of “Liquid Workforce”? Because it is all the same to bet on a temporary, specialized workforce, which will help companies to remain competitive.

Businesses need to adapt quickly to new regulations while facing increased competition, not to mention ever-increasing customer demands. For this, they have no other choice than to review their organization, the core of which is flexibility.

With the growth of independent workers in the market, now made up of Generation Y (the famous millennials), you have to be efficient and take the workforce where it is. As this population is constantly growing, the "Liquid Workforce" now constitutes a concrete pool of talent, with its advantages:

The ease of finding specialized skills, for example through web platforms such as Talenteum.com, which employs dedicated staff to work remotely.

Reduced costs for companies, due to the adaptability of the flow of workers to projects without administrative difficulty.

 

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