An agile working culture is key to survival in this rapidly changing world. Experts from Tripartite Alliance for Fair & Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) reveal how employers can cultivate one.
Many organisations are shifting from hierarchical structures to developing a more agile working culture that focuses on the organisation’s ability to transform itself to meet changing demands. This requires organisations to establish an optimal workforce that best matches the demands placed on the business.
As a response to rapid changes in technology, demographic shifts and globalisation, businesses must embrace an agile working culture or risk being left behind.
Being able to function at a speed required by today’s competitive marketplace gives an organisation an edge over its competitors, as it creates a more responsive, efficient and effective organisation that ultimately improves business performance.
Here are some ways to cultivate an agile working culture in your organisation.
Understand your human capital
With technology, you now have virtually unbounded access to talent and new models of employment. Organisations can expand the concept of a workforce by securing talent from emerging sources, such as term contract employees and gig workers, and use that to complement the current talent pool.
In addition, understanding the capabilities of your current employees can help you identify gaps and develop the skills required to future-proof your organisation.
Most important of all is to cultivate a culture of inclusion and consciously integrate all types of new talent across the workforce and expand opportunities for collaboration.
Prepare existing workers for the digital future
With in-demand skills evolving rapidly at an increasing pace, meeting these demands is not simply about finding new people to fill the gap. Rather, organisations should focus on continuously reskilling employees so that they can be agile to meet the changing needs of the business. This also enables you to create a sustainable workforce.
Consider new ways to engage, mobilise and reskill your current workforce. By doing so, you can best optimise your talent to sustain desired business outcomes.
Agility is achieved when employees are empowered at all levels to collaborate cross-functionally. Ensure that there is open and continuous communication across functions to allow more opportunities for innovation and knowledge-sharing by providing the necessary tools and resources.
Culture of continuous improvement
Most importantly, leaders should deepen a culture of continuous improvement. Change is constant, and organisations must be prepared at all times to adapt to change. Moreover, leaders should embrace the challenge of change as an opportunity to continuously improve and create solutions. Only then can you create a workforce that can adapt rapidly to the world as it changes.
TAFEP holds regular workshops to help employers and HR professionals keep abreast of HR best practices. Visit www.tafep.sg to find out more.