While visionary organizations are quickly becoming more pixelized, plenty of businesses continue to rely on traditional job architectures. 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?
Once work and workplaces are deconstructed into pieces, they need a mechanism that enables these segments to move and organize fluidly. This is where a two-sided platform like a talent marketplace comes into play. The technology matches employees to projects, gigs, and mentorships based on their skills, ambitions, and capacity. In short, they piece together the pixels in your workforce in a way that makes sense for both your business and your people.
Talent marketplaces 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, talent marketplaces 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.