Lean to­wards ‘free agents’

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EM­PLOY­ERS must pre­pare for a rise in ‘‘ free agents’’ in the work­force by de­vel­op­ing strate­gies to make the most of the tal­ent they have.

Re­cruit­ment spe­cial­ists Kelly Ser­vices says em­ploy­ees look­ing for more flex­i­ble work is one of the rea­sons be­hind an in­creased num­ber of work­ers be­com­ing ‘‘ free agents’’.

Free-agent work­ers choose a work style that gives them free­dom and flex­i­bil­ity as well as let­ting them be en­trepreneurs. This al­lows them more con­trol over their ca­reer and of­fers more op­por­tu­ni­ties to build their skills.

Manag­ing di­rec­tor Karen Colfer says: ‘‘ Re­cent eco­nomic re­al­i­ties, cou­pled with em­ploy­ees look­ing for more flex­i­ble and en­gag­ing work, has led to a sig­nif­i­cant shift from tra­di­tional em­ploy­ment re­la­tion­ships to­ward flex­i­ble ‘ freeagent’ op­tions, such as mi­crowork, in­de­pen­dent con­tract­ing and en­trepreneur­ship.

‘‘ To­day’s lead­ing work­force strate­gies cen­tre on an or­gan­i­sa­tion’s abil­ity to ac­cess the best tal­ent when and where they need it, in a fast, flex­i­ble man­ner.

‘‘ In an un­cer­tain fu­ture, it is clear that the com­pa­nies with the strong­est work­force will be those that adapt to the chang­ing trends and con­sider a wide range of work­ers to meet their needs. They choose as­sign­ments pri­mar­ily on the type of work they will be per­form­ing, their in­ter­est in it and the struc­ture within which they all op­er­ate.’’

Kelly Ser­vices that em­ploy­ers:

sug­gests OPEN their think­ing to new em­ploy­ment mod­els, mak­ing an ef­fort to un­der­stand the per­sonal needs of their can­di­dates and work­ing to cre­ate a more de­fined work process that will help them adapt to the free-agent trend. CAP­I­TALISE from the freeagent trend by eval­u­at­ing de­part­ments, po­si­tions and projects within their com­pa­nies to see how they can ben­e­fit from free-agent tal­ent and en­sur­ing work­force so­lu­tion part­ners.

‘‘ There is no doubt that the free-agent work­force in Aus­tralia will continue to grow,’’ Colfer says.

‘‘ Em­ploy­ers need to be pre­pared to not only adapt but have strate­gies in place to cap­i­talise on a freeagent work­force.’’

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