How do blended teams impact the future of work?by Aakash Gupta Director
Matrixed organizations have enabled employees to take charge of their learning curve. What was traditionally seen as a division of labor in accordance with a person’s academic credentials and experience has shifted to deploying employees on cross functional projects that let them diversify their competencies and knowledge-areas.
With career paths that offer more flexibility, an on-demand, blended workforce is on the rise. After all, the more adaptable your workers are, the better able they are to meet business goals and add value to any project they take up. A business can stay afloat only if its workers are accustomed to seasonalities in work and know how to keep up with the pace. Here are some ways blended teams make their presence felt at the workplace;
- Increased productivity
Long gone are the days when the notion of work was to come in early, stay back late and work with minimal breaks. The workforce today, thinks and acts differently to their predecessors. The gig economy is attracted to work for firms that offer flexible work options, such as logging in remotely or on a schedule that sets a reasonable pace.The blended workforce comprises of diverse resourcing contracts such as freelancers, independent contractors, interns and part-timers who fill in during a period of absence.
And with a resource management software, firms can pool in these resources and tap into it as and when the need arises. Even better, you stay informed of which direction the scales of availability tip towards, i.e. if there is a shortage or an excess of resources. This lets you allocate and level work to the existing workforce accordingly. By accounting for the workforce composition, productivity remains optimal by utilizing workers whose work hours differ from one another.
- Mobilizes work
Working remotely would mean that not everyone in a project team would show up for a physical meeting. A blended workforce intuitively knows what information to compile, and what to leave out based on who all are involved across global time zones. Having accumulated a wealth of experience from collaborating on previous projects, they can work equally well as a team, or individually. Besides condensing status meetings to the essentials, blended teams are proactive in looking up information.
The ability to carry out research independently for project-based work impacts workplaces in two ways.
One, they can add new skills to their array while remaining functional in a core knowledge area. And secondly, they can accelerate development by knowing what to include in an itemized roadmaps.
Having grown up in the digital era, they take quickly to new tools and platforms, which lets them communicate using the right channels. This reduces the time to spot and address risks proactively. It speeds up the amount of work getting done as well as the quality of service or product innovation.
- Value-based services
A blended workforce is responsible for setting their rates and schedule. You can then bid for the most cost-effective pricing offer of the lot and work out the deliverables and timelines. Value-based services are popular because of the fact that you establish a goal, scope and communicate that to your workforce. They in turn, know what needs to be done and you have a product at the end of it that you can compare against what you expected to see before making the payment.
To make your ambition of running your business successfully a reality, the first step is to hire the right candidates. Besides gauging their performance at interviews, you should also examine their portfolio and run background checks to know what previous employers and clients have to say about their professional conduct and work ethic. This rings true especially for the freelance economy, who are their own boss in principle, but would have worked for different customers.
Honest reviews lets you decide whether the applicant before you can deliver as well as fit in with their future colleagues. And with blended teams, you can even expand your acquisition and subsequent adoption of automation, knowing that they will be able to produce value as technologies evolve across the business landscape.
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