There is no “new normal”. I think it is fair to say that we are forever changed by our current events. The way our businesses are set up and run. The way we interact with our colleagues. The way our staffing is set up and managed. All of these have and will be forever changed, but we’ve known these needed to be changed for a while. Our businesses have been built on old models of massive overhead and immovable expenses for far too long. I have said for some time that I find it very hard for a company to be truly innovative when all it is trying to do is outrun debt. There is no margin, no forgiveness, no room for things to change. Then when things do change, you have layoffs, closed businesses, and lost opportunities.
It’s time for us to rethink staffing. What does it mean to build a team? What does it mean to have fixed costs? How does the team grow, add skill, interact and develop? How do we create margin in that team for ebb and flow of work and changing employee goals and lives?
Uncompany has developed a service called OnDeck which utilizes our Adaptive Staffing method. We have created a downloadable guide, but here are some quick questions to ask when you are assessing how you currently staff.
What are the positions and skills I need every day, 40+ hours per week?
What are the positions and skills I need less than full-time or seasonally?
Which positions are more tasked based vs. management?
Over the next 18 months what skills do I see needing to add to my staff?
Could your current operations (onboarding, virtual systems) support working with a freelance staff?
These are just 5 quick questions that can help you assess your current staffing approach and where there are opportunities to adjust to a more flexible model. Please read our guide to learn more about the benefits of this model run through our OnDeck service. The idea of work is changing quickly right now, this includes how we are compensated, how we connect, and how we develop a career. We believe that our “new working normal” could even be a better normal than before.