Last week I presented at the Transport Development and Solutions Alliance (TDSA) biennial conference where I shared my experience and views on the future of Australia’s workforce. The conference was entitled NFPs – Survive or Perish: What’s Driving Your Future? This topic seems to reflect an easily observable trend across all sectors; organisations are looking for ways to adapt to the economic, political and social environment and, more importantly, think beyond survival and focus on competition and growth.
My presentation focussed on exploring how business leaders can compete by adopting new attitudes and concepts of what the future workforce could look like. I argued that the traditional paradigm was mainly based on legal guidelines. I proposed that leaders should expand their notion of ‘workforce’ by focusing on an essential question: Who is contributing to the production of value?
When outlined like this, we can recognise that an organisation’s workforce is not exclusively made up of employees. The simple infographic below is my attempt to visually represent how the two paradigms differ.
Roadmender is dedicated to the subject of collaboration. I am convinced that no amount of sustainable collaboration will be sufficient unless there is a degree of innovation, which ultimately will depend on how well enterprises understand each component of value production, including their workforce. I invite you to participate by sharing your views in respect to the workforce as an integral factor in partnerships and collaboration. We will further explore ‘workforce’ in the context of collaboration, in an upcoming guest blog by a specialist in the recruitment industry.