Lean towards ‘free agents’
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.’’