Dr. Sam White discusses how young professionals must learn career entrepreneurship in an increasingly fluid job market. This new, more proactive career approach means workers will have to actively seek to put themselves in a position to acquire skills they might need two or three jobs in the future, rather than rely on one employer for long-term career development.
Jill Morin, the former Co-CEO of Kahler Slater, expresses her concern about project-based employment and how that strategy can hamper a team’s ability to coalesce in a timely and productive manner. Hiring temporary workers can certainly save money, and this benefit is especially attractive in a lackluster economy. Jill admits that Kahler Slater has done this in the past, but she says team building is easier when team members have some knowledge of one another and the situation in which they find themselves. Team building is harder when everything and everyone is new.
Many forces are dramatically altering the workplace. The result is that employers are increasingly changing the model of worker engagement. Project-based employment is becoming the norm in more situations. I term this the “Hollywood model,” where a team of individuals is hired to accomplish a task, be it making a movie or developing and launching a new product. Workers are chosen for their particular skills, utilized, and then released to seek their next job.
Challenges Facing Employers
Until recently, the Hollywood model has not been the norm in other industries. Thus, employers must now have a new mindset and develop practices to find and attract the talent they need for what may be limited engagements. Challenges include:
- Identifying employees most desirable for the next team.
- Further developing the talents of these employees for application on the next project.
- Mixing training with production.
- Developing management skills for shorter time horizons.
- Making teams productive when new members are more often new to one another.
In short, how will you make your workplace attractive enough to keep your best talent for the next engagement?
Challenges Facing Employees
Workers have multiple challenges as well. They have to be much more committed to their own career management, a term we like to call “career entrepreneurship.” Workers need to look ahead to where they want to be and try to ensure they have the opportunities to develop the skills and experiences needed to move to the next job and the job after that.
Employees need to assess their own abilities to handle gaps between positions, conduct searches for new assignments, and entice current employers to invest in them and help them rapidly develop.
In this new normal, life-long learning is a must.
The Hollywood Model Redux
How you are planning to meet the challenges as an employer or an employee? I invite you to post a comment and share your ideas on how you and others can move forward in the successful adoption of the Hollywood model.
The future is now!