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Working the Future blog: our latest insights and future of work sensemaking

Workforce Ecosystems: Reaching Strategic Goals with People, Partners, & Technologies – Elizabeth J. Altman,

2024-06-04 11:43

Cathryn Barnard

Reading Room, FUTURE OF WORK, UPSKILLING, CONTINUOUS LEARNING, TALENT ECOSYSTEM, WORKFORCE DYNAMICS,

Workforce Ecosystems: Reaching Strategic Goals with People, Partners, & Technologies – Elizabeth J. Altman, David Kiron, Jeff Schwartz & Robin Jones, 2023

How organisations lead and manage increasingly ‘on-demand’ workforces requires entirely different approaches. This book explores that.

Workforce Ecosystems expands a series of articles written by Deloitte in partnership with MIT Sloan Management Review. The articles outline their research which began in 2019 into the changing shape of the workforce. 

 

As the nature of work changes, a multitude of alternative employment types have opened up, comprising all manner of non-permanent contract options. Contractor, temp, freelancer, gig-worker, crowd-worker, portfolio executive, fractional and more – contemporary labour markets offer increasingly diverse ways to engage individuals to deliver specific tasks that generate organisational value. As populations in the Global North age and workforce demographics shift, this trend is only set to continue.

 

How organisations lead and manage increasingly ‘on-demand’ workforces requires entirely different approaches. And that’s the topic this book explores.

 

The authors deliberately use the phrase ‘workforce orchestration’ to signal the importance of the employer as conductor – fine-tuning a diverse range of contributors and investing deeply to make sure the vision, mission and goals of the organisation are fully understood across the board.

 

This is an excellent read for anyone keen to understand, and leverage, new workforce dynamics.

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