The main focus of Agile Speedup is on a human-centric strategy that values human capital above all other resources.
Despite the rise of artificial intelligence(AI) solutions in the workplace, employees’ talent, skills and competencies continue to be the foundation on which the success of any organization is built. Older methods of matching padded resumes with exaggerated job descriptions, short-listing followed candidates by long and costly interviewing and on-boarding, are being displaced with new advances in AI that dramatically reduces time and cost of on-boarding and retaining employees.
More recently, disruption of the workplace by the pandemic, has given rise to intense competition for top talent. Scarcity of key resources continues to increase as academic institutions struggle to keep pace with technology advances. Combined with growing skills obsolescence in the organization and grappling with IT transformation, HR is tasked with the responsibility for a human resource strategy that must align closely with corporate strategy and goals.
Skills inventory management has become one of the most important tools for enabling large organizations to more closely track and monitor alignment of HR strategy with corporate goals. Engaging external contractors, freelancers, remote and the gig-economy workers is now a necessary means to minimize organizational skills gap and maximize organizational velocity. The playing field for skilled workers continues to change as career progression is giving way to workplace flexibility, freer lifestyle and independence.
The burden rests with HR to meet these current challenges while keeping an eye on leadership development in the longer term. The role of HR, like every other sector of the organization, is evolving, as it seeks to adapt to these challenges.