New Workforce Segments to Address Talent Shortage

The traditional solutions alone can no longer fill the gaps – it will take creative ways of problem-solving

With the global talent shortage at a decades-long peak, organizations can’t fix their workforce problems by doing what they’ve always done. Instead, leaders and human resources need to take a critical look at their workforce and assess creative ways of bringing in a different type of talent.  

That means cultivate communities of talent inside and outside the organization to complement existing skills. Here are ways to tap into new sectors of the workforce to solve organizational shortfalls. 

Reach out to retirees 

An aging workforce can be a valuable workforce, if harnessed in the right way. The institutional knowledge of workers approaching or after retirement can be put to work mentoring or working part time to better prepare the next generation. A proactive step could include a phased retirement and mentoring program. In these companies, segments of the workforce who are approaching retirement age effectively transition this knowledge to younger employees.

Be open to NextGen work 

A full workforce doesn’t have to consist of all traditional 9-5 workers. Today, nearly 9 in 10 workers are open to NextGen work – part-time, contingent, contract, freelance or temporary. As the next workforce becomes more mobile, both workers and organizations can turn to flexible employment opportunities. 

Be flexible inside the organization 

Finally, both companies and employees need to be agile and consider how someone’s skills can be moved around the organization. It may mean evolving a role from one organization into a new role in another company. This means identifying and developing adjacent skills that can adapt to new roles in an organization. By adequately upskilling, talent can move up into valuable leadership roles in an organization. 

Solving the talent shortage is a critical need for employers, and the smartest approach is a multi-pronged effort. To learn more on this topic, read ManpowerGroup’s 2018 Talent Shortage Survey.