While visionary organizations are quickly becoming more pixelized, plenty of businesses continue to rely on traditional job architectures as the basis for structuring their workforce. Some may not recognize the benefits of unboxing work just yet, while others might not know how to turn their vision into a reality. So what does it take to activate the pixelated workforce?
Pixelization starts by creating an environment where workforce insight and action can function together harmoniously — by first understanding the talent and skills within an organization, HR leaders can in turn restructure their people to make way for new work methodologies. This is where Workforce Agility Platforms come into play. These systems perform by offering talent opportunities to move and organize fluidly, and at the same time are able to capture valuable information on employee capabilities, interests, and talent supply and demand that can be used for HR decision making. The technology matches employees to projects, gigs, and mentorships based on their skills, ambitions, and capacity, while also centralizing and harmonizing workforce intelligence. In short, they piece together the pixels in your workforce in a way that makes sense for both your business and your people.
Workforce Agility Platforms can also address one of the pixelated workforce’s most common challenges: a change in the manager-direct report relationship. When work is unboxed from jobs, employees might take on projects that are managed by different team leaders. In the past, that often caused some managers to feel possessive of their direct reports and potentially resistant to pixelation. However, these systems broaden managers’ talent pools by matching qualified employees to projects they have open. As a result, managers can feel confident that they’ll always have the talent they need to execute their priorities, in turn empowering their reports to expand their horizons.