Never before have US companies had a harder time keeping their employees ALIVE and PRESENT at work. Maybe this FREE Agent mindset people are talking about has some real perks for both sides of the equation.
I have been studying employment and work-place dynamics for over twenty years and one could say that I have seen my fair share of "best places to work" as well as, my fair share of "where is the excape hatch" places to work. If a hire is made and it is not a fit, then it is not a fit. However, if a person really gels with an organization and they leave anyway, it is typically because they outgrew the Manager and or outgrew the job. The FREE Agent mentality can aid in reducing this unwanted turnover.
Today's talent challenge is deafening many companies ability to compete for the very human resources that they need to move their business forward. The perfect storm has been brewing for almost twenty years and the lightening is paving the way for the supply side, yes CANDIDATES and EMPLOYEES to be in a power position. Astute companies know this and are revamping their Talent Acquisition Strategy to reflect the new workforce dynamics and the many alternatives to "full time" employment that we are all so accustomed to.
The convergence of four generations in the workforce, globalization, the aging population, and the virus called disengagement as well as the mass void of robust & thriving succession plans makes attracting and keeping the right people, even for the best Staffer, one hell of a challenge. Deploying a FREE Agent strategy could open up the talent pipleline and generate a whole new caliber of candidate.
While my grandfather kept the job at the railroad for 15 years, my grand-daughter most likely will have multiple jobs at once and chances are she will work on and off for many companies simultaneously throughout her career.
Lets talk about FREE Agents.