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tzubair
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1/30/2016 | 1:59:22 AM
Re: Training and liquid workforce
"Most companies employees spend a good chunk of their time reacting and responding to things - tasks and email for instance. "

@vnewman2: I think that comes with overall planning and a good HR strategy. If you have clearly defined processes and people are fully aware of their work and have been given responsibility, they'll always be proactive and the work gets done in an orderly manner. If there's no seggregation of roles and things are done on adhoc basis, it spoils everything up and you have chaos. The culture is really what makes the difference.
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1/28/2016 | 1:01:52 PM
Re: Training and liquid workforce
"Not to be mistaken for a workforce that can be liquidated, a liquid workforce is one that can adapt to change and incorporate new skills. "By making training a core competency, organizations can actively develop the skills that will set them apart from competitors," the report said.

@tzubar - I couldn't agree more.  Culture is everything in Organizational Development.  Part of that culture is people's understanding of how work actually gets done - how truly productive work happens.  Most companies employees spend a good chunk of their time reacting and responding to things - tasks and email for instance. 

Very little importance is placed on planning and being proactive - otherwise, we wouldn't need an 8 hour workday to accomplish what could typically be done in 4. How many people do you know that plan out their day ahead of time?  Sure, people schedule meetings and appointments in advance, but I'm talking about planning their workday in detail.  (e.g. From 10-11 I will answer emails.  From 11-1 I will write my report.  etc).  At any rate, my point is, when you spend all of your time reacting, you leave no time for any kind of "training" - formal or informal and no time to move the company ahead because you're fielding everything in the moment.
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Michelle,
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1/27/2016 | 2:07:01 PM
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I'm pleased to learn automation has only changed the nature of some jobs instead of completely eliminating humans. 

Encouraging a people importance over other metrics will certainly go a long way. Accenture appears to be doing well with this focus. It's good to see them offering this kind of advice.
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tzubair,
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1/27/2016 | 2:06:47 PM
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"81% of Accenture's survey respondents anticipated that platform-based business models will become part of their organizations' growth strategy within three years"

I think the platform-based approach might work for a while, but it may not be a suitable approach in the long run. Right now, there may be room to add more platforms but very soon there might be a point where there's no longer the need to add new platforms and existing ones would have to be utilized to build products on top of them.

 
tzubair
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tzubair,
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1/27/2016 | 1:49:11 PM
Re: Training and liquid workforce
@kstarton: I think a liquid workforce is only possible with the help of a culture that encourages this. In a culture where people are encouraged to know about other areas of business and cross-functional collaboration is present, only then can you have people who can easily move around and switch roles. In companies where the interaction is limited and the exposure to other domains is not there, the workforce cannot be liquid.
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1/27/2016 | 10:27:44 AM
Training and liquid workforce
Training is often one of the first things to go in a company concerned with the bottom line, but being able to train the people you have, especially in today's fliud climate of required skills can help set a company apart and help them to make money by valuing their people enough to help make them better at their jobs.
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1/26/2016 | 2:32:17 PM
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@John Mike: Another example of this is Amazon. It is continuously growing into a massive e retailer in India, through its customer satisfaction quotient.
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John Mike,
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1/26/2016 | 10:47:23 AM
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Yes that's right. Every company that wants to be successful should have the liquid workforce. By this we mean that the employees should be trained enough to integrate with the new skills so they can make the company distinguishable from the others. The managed services company hold the employees that are usually all-rounder so they can perform various jobs at the same time. www.thebesgroup.co.uk/managed-services/


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