A plug-and-play approach
Agencies such as Freelancer.com and Upwork maintain rosters of talent available for short-term projects, giving companies access to a range of deep technical skills, and valuable experience without having to increase full-time headcount.
Technological advances, meanwhile, opens up the possibility of putting together geographically dispersed talent pools, bringing together the best combination of skills, experience and networks.
Companies that have successfully courted chameleon workers also need to retain them by aligning HR practices with their needs and aspirations.
Millennials bring with them new attitudes, approaches and expectations of the workplace, seeking flexibility, opportunities for self-development, and regular feedback and encouragement. Dissatisfied with highly structured, hierarchical work environments, they look to shape their career paths and use digital tools to work anytime, and from anywhere.
Only 12 percent of hiring managers we surveyed said that working well in a team and getting along with co-workers was a top priority for millennials. But when millennials themselves were asked, more than three times that number (39 percent) identified teamwork and cooperation as top priority. Similarly, 75 percent of hiring managers expected earning potential to be a priority, which only 44 percent of millennials named.
The right engagement strategy will allow businesses to move forward in the digital era with a team of chameleon workers who are willing to evolve with change and possess the digital acumen to power the business forward. And that creates a critical advantage for any company in an age of disruption.
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