What happens after you’ve onboarded your project workers?

Christophe Wallecan
March 8, 2021
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For a few years now, there has been a shift to more and more freelance and project workers. Last year, this has been accelerated even more. Working on projects has many benefits such as being able to develop new skills, being employed in different organizations, gaining experience fast. But project workers and mostly organizations that employ project workers are facing many challenges.

- inefficiency-driven losses,

- intense competition,

- rapidly-changing customer needs

- increasing turnover

- challenges finding skilled talent

- lack of visibility into project staffing needs

- exponential data growth

- lack of standardized reporting


The power of linking HR with product data

When companies work based on projects, HR must align three different forces: employees' aspirations, skills and competencies and project information to increase motivation, engagement, and most importantly, productivity.

One way to solve the challenges mentioned above is to use skill profiles. Why? Right now, there usually isn’t enough data on employees’ skills and their career aspirations. There’s one career path for all employees, most of the time that’s becoming a manager. Without the right skill and general employee data, employees are not staffed in relevant projects and there’s no individual career path according to their aspirations. If you involve the manager in HR processes and vice versa, they will both know what the employee wants and in what project she/he would thrive. This way, you get more real-time insights in your employees to make better decisions and provide them with better career opportunities. By linking HR data with projects, you will improve: engagement, retention and productivity.

How HR data helps you staff the right employees in the right projects

With the help of algorithms, staffing managers will receive suggestions of the best candidates for certain projects, according to their profile and the project description. This way employees are staffed on more relevant projects for them, and HR will have a clearer, wider and diverse pool to search for candidates.

Staffing the right employees in the right project is decisive for the result of the projects, your customer satisfaction and the growth of your employees. Forget about informal networks or outdated employee profiles and embrace technology to drive growth.

Using skills to create a growth plan

New generations joining project-based organizations are looking for variety, different projects and different challenges. Using skills is not only beneficial for the employee and HR. With a skill profile, employees should be able to receive suggested career steps & courses

The key is to offer highly individualized career paths, one size fits all will not make your employees stay longer or be more engaged with your organization.

Our friends at Unit4 have a product built to support project workers. Check it out.

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