It has been the talk of the talent town for years: side hustles, gigs, contingent work, contracts, interim work, and so on. Companies will call a temp firm to find them a person to do a task, even if multiple employees in the company’s workforce could have done the work. But all the while, there has been limited attention paid to the ability of internal employees to find projects at their own companies.
In other words, most companies don’t have a sense of employees’ skills, and those skills go unused. Organizations have not been structured to unleash agile talent.
Edie Goldberg, author of the The Inside Gig: How Sharing Untapped Talent Across Boundaries Unleashes Organizational Capacity, says “our human capital management systems we use to run our companies today categorize people by their job title … that doesn’t tell you an eighth about that person.”
Too frequently, employees with rich and diverse backgrounds are often underutilized. Capabilities from previous education, experiences, and jobs are buried by her job title or the department she works in. Organizations will benefit by uncovering and unleashing these experiences, and employees can use their strengths to work on critical projects while obtaining new skills.
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