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build agile teams to meet uncertainty and future-proof your organisation.

Whether your company is challenged by digitalisation, unexpected pandemics, or increased global competition, your organisation needs to prepare for future unforeseen events. In this article, we examine three key considerations when organising your teams to meet uncertainty.

increasing need to build an agile and flexible team.

The world around us is changing more and more quickly impacting the labour market and how we decide to build our teams and organisations. Over the last decades, we have gone from a unified, jointly managed labour market to one that is increasingly fragmented. The traditional long-term employment is, to a greater extent, replaced by temporary employment in a mix of project hires, consultants, and freelancers.  According to the 2020 Global Human Capital Trends study from Deloitte, 45% of HR professionals stated that incorporating agile and team-based work is the biggest change HR can make to maximise its impact.

Next to this, more than half (53%) of organizations that have adopted a team-based strategy have seen a significant improvement in performance.

This makes it clear that it’s becoming increasingly important for HR to take an agile, adaptable approach to the unique challenges and opportunities businesses are currently facing. HR needs to find ways to enable the organisation, team, and employees to adapt to new conditions. In this blog, we examine 3 key considerations to help you restructure your team to adapt to the new normal while future proofing your organisation. 

do we have access to the most critical capabilities and skills for the moment?

In a rapidly changing economy, the need for skills can drastically change. Suddenly, new areas and opportunities arise and you need to hire niche expertise fast. To ensure the most critical skills at the right time, many companies rely on consultants. Letting your employees work in parallel with external specialists with different cutting-edge skills is often an effective way of developing employees' competencies in essential areas.

what are our future staffing needs?

In many industries, there are apparent seasonal variations throughout the year, week, and day. Mapping them out makes it easier to plan for how to organise your team. To prepare for uncertainty, you also need to plan for different future scenarios. This allows you to formulate a strategy for adjusting the size of the group based on unforeseen events, which in turn will future-proof your business.

do we have the right mix of permanent and temporary staff?

To adapt the organisation for unforeseen fluctuations, you need to have the right mix of permanent and temporary staff. When deciding which skills to hire permanently and which to hire temporarily, we recommend our customers distinguish between three types of skills; business-critical, medium-level skills, and less-advanced skills. 

  • Business-critical skills: these employees should preferably be permanently hired by you.
  • Medium-level skills: these employees can be a mix of permanent and temporary employees.
  • Less-advanced skills: these employees may be advantageously temporary employees for shorter or longer periods.

All three categories of skills can operate within the same team, and one individual can often move from one team to another.

In the end, you want to organise teams that create long-term successful and profitable growth. In an increasingly changing market, with demands for both continuity, speed, and agility, your organisation needs to prepare for uncertainty. 

about the author
Alex Carson
Alex Carson

alex carson

randstad general manager professionals victoria

Alex Carson has been part of the Randstad business for the last 14 years. Having initially joined the Randstad UK business in 2007 after graduating, after 7 successful years he relocated with his wife to Melbourne and joined the Australian business. Over the journey, Alex has recruited and managed teams across a diverse range of sectors and disciplines including both public and private sector clients. In his current position of General Manager in Victoria, Alex is responsible for Randstad's Victorian Professional businesses that incorporate our Construction, Property and Engineering, Public Sector that includes both Local, Federal and State Government, Banking and Financial Services, Accounting and Finance as well as our Manufacturing, Operations, Transport and Logistics Business across Victoria.