This week Silicon Valley HR Network presented The Inside Gig by Kelley Steven-Waiss and Edie Goldberg. Ph.D. This webinar focused on tapping into your existing talent pool of current employees who have aspirations, capabilities, and bandwidth to work on special projects outside of their current job descriptions. Edie Goldberg and Kelley Steven-Waiss focused on how to optimize and energize your workforce by deploying the skills of the employees you already have across organizational boundaries.
Democratization of Work
Employees often leave their organizations because they are unchallenged and their day to day responsibilities have become tedious and boring. Organizations are also strapped with limited OPEX funds to bring on consultants who besides being expensive, don’t know the company culture, products, benefits, and services that they offer. All of which results in additional costs in retraining new staff whether as new hires or consultants. The concept of Democratization of Work is the ability to give employees next-level agency to choose the work that they love, enabling exceptional employee experience- while achieving productivity and savings. Employees often have capabilities and aspirations that go far beyond their current job descriptions.
Uncover the hidden skills within your workforce
Creating an internal “Talent Operating Model” and platform will allow you to uncover and cost-effectively match the right talent to real-time business challenges.
More people want a choice in the work they do. They want to learn in areas where they have more interests. AI and machine learning give us the ability to match people with work that matches their aspirations and skill set. By giving employees access to internal project opportunities you are also providing access to the power to choose and this builds greater productivity. Think of your own career. Has it always been linear, or did you grow by taking new roles that interested you, thus creating a “jungle gym” portfolio of experiences? An internal talent marketplace is part of the new gig economy where employees get the opportunities they are seeking to expand their careers within your organization rather than leaving in search of new challenges.
Old divided and “functional silos” in your company don’t work effectively. To create agile, collaborative teams there is a need to offer employees new opportunities. Today’s best organizations need to be able to quickly pivot and move talent to the greatest area of need. Employees are happy and engaged and organizations lower their cost, retain talent, and become more agile.
Edie Goldberg, Ph.D., is the president of E.L. Goldberg & Associates in Menlo Park, California. She is a nationally recognized expert in talent management and organization development. Her practice focuses on designing human resources processes and programs to attract, engage, develop, and retain employees. Dr. Goldberg has published and presented at numerous conferences on the future of work, performance management, building management capability, career management, and succession planning. She earned her doctorate in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Albany, SUNY. Currently, she serves on the board of directors of the SHRM Foundation; she is the past chair of HR People + Strategy (HRPS) and past-president of the California HR Strategy Forum (HRSF). She is the recipient of the HRPS Lifetime Achievement award to honor the impact she has made on her profession.
Kelley Steven-Waiss serves as CHRO and Chief Innovation Officer of HERE Technologies and is the founder of Hitch. She has been a CHRO in technology for the last 12 years with more than 25 years of executive management and consulting experience in human resources, change management, and corporate communications. Currently, she serves on the board of directors of Form Factor, Inc. (FORM), a publicly-traded semiconductor company based in Livermore, CA, is the Advisor Board Chair for Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF), she earned her BA in Journalism from the University of Arizona and her MA in HROD from the University of San Francisco, she is married with four children.