Tips on Harnessing the Best of Digital Workforce Management

Workforce planning has become more important than ever, as millennials and people from Generation Z slowly start to make up the majority of the labour force. The ideals and values, as well as the expectations and desires of new generations differ from those of previous generations. With many desiring to work flexible hours over the rigid nine-to-six work hours, and desiring to participate in large company decisions involving directions and objectives, it is crucial that companies catch up with modern trends to stay appealing and relevant to future prospects. A good place to start is to work on workforce planning, not only in an office setting, but also in an online, digital setting. There are a few things one needs to keep in mind when introducing digital workforce planning.
Get Rid of Old, Rigid Methods of Management
Traditional management methods do not work for millennials or Generation Z as effectively as they have for previous generations. The newer workforce has a different focus when it comes to values, such as flexible work hours and adequate work-life balance. They are not as concerned about having closed-door office suites or fancy titles, but value their time over anything else. Furthermore, the younger generations like to get involved, especially in important decisions. It may be wise to get input from your millennial and Generation Z employees on what they feel about company direction and get them involved in the process. Shifting away from an old, rigid system is the first step in creating a modern, digital system that involves effective workforce planning.

Let Technology Loosen Up the Environment
Technological innovations, especially Cloud and device data, allow colleagues to communicate with each other no matter where they are. Effective leaders should put more emphasis on flexible, deadline-oriented project assignments, and pay less attention on how employees use their time. This can be effectively paired with flexible work-hour related policies, as the new generations prefer not to work desk jobs in a nine-to-six environment. Leaders can now communicate with their colleagues in a flexible work environment, in or out of office, through technology. Trust your employees to know what times are most effective for them, and they will return the favour by completing projects efficiently.

All-Roundedness is a Good Thing
A study published by Dell and the Institute for the Future predicted that by 2030, companies that are hiring for a specific skill will fall behind competitors that are hiring well-rounded individuals. Companies should plan on approaching a recruitment policy of hiring candidates with a good set of skills and with plenty of room to grow, so that they can keep up with the pace of today's (and the future's) ever changing marketplace/environment. Thinking for the future is valuable to a company and its human resources department, and can provide a competitive edge over rivals.

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