The critical importance of speed and agility in your VMS

The critical importance of speed and agility in your VMS

Globally, we find ourselves very much in the unknown. A global adjustment, and a continued exercise of acclimatisation to the ‘new world’ will impact us in a number of different ways. Always the optimist; in times of trouble, where challenges are presented; we find ourselves with an opportunity to solve.

The hiring and recruitment market has naturally been significantly affected during the COVID-19 crisis. The demand and volume for hiring and recruitment, away from key high demand sectors, has all but ground to a halt, with organisations unsure on how the market will react, and when we all find a level of normality. Pure-play recruitment businesses have been hit the hardest, while those running over-arching talent programmes remain weathering the storm, and still very much required by customers who have remained above water. We are also seeing our partners and customers begin their preparations for the ‘bounce-back’ of the market – and we can all be sure it will bounce back. On the contrary to all of those; are our partners, and those working close to and in the periphery to key high demand sectors. Those such as Healthcare, Socialcare, Pharmaceutical, Food production, Logistics and Transport. These organisations, we are witnessing accelerate in their hiring and recruitment needs faster than ever.

Now more than ever, there is an imminent need for some of our partners to deliver successful, scalable programmes in shorter timeframes in line with demand from the market. When the market does return; similarly, organisations will request those solutions to be delivered efficiently and effectively; with no compromise in its quality or delivery.

For the purpose of this article, my definition of agility is as follows; it is a process of displacing a large project into multiple components, executing multiple parallel workstreams with constant evolving collaboration with stakeholders designed to enable improvement on an iterative process. The aim of being agile is to be more risk-resilient, to be able to react quicker to the demands of the market and customers, and to be able to seamlessly adapt to business change, whilst enabling ‘business as usual’. The need for organisations to adopt emerging workforce models such as Total Talent Management, where there is a holistic and seamless integration of talent from all worker types, and typically includes internal job-to-job and skills development programmes within an organisation…