The Underlying Work and Improvement Opportunities From Technology
While new software and other related solutions are often looked at as a replacement for human-backed processes, new technologies also offer new opportunities in terms of skills and livelihood.
Technological advancements continue to be the par-for-the-course for just about every industry imaginable, and in some cases have led to the emergence of new industries altogether. The desire for quicker and more comfortable transportation, for example, led to the creation of the first automobile, and subsequently the automobile industry, while also drastically altering the utility of horses and carriages.
Similar advancements continue today, with the first quarter of the century notably seeing significant changes in the way people transact and communicate. Just about everything can now be purchased online, and a number of livelihoods are now digitally based and can be worked from almost any area with a viable internet connection.
The Rise of the “Gig Economy”
As expounded on by Daniel Callaghan, the Head of the Asia Pacific for Adecco Group X, during his presentation at the Asia HR Innovation summit held last September in Pasay City, new technologies have also changed the way the current workforce makes a living.
"We start to see the rise of the gig economy. This is not isolated to (TNVS) drivers or the like, it goes beyond that. It’s the same level of “giggedness” in lawyers, in top-end management consultants. People want to start taking back their careers. They want to work when they want to work, and how they want to work, and who they want to work for. Just for the period they want to work.”
Unquestionably, the present has become the ideal time to be a freelancer or consultant, or consider becoming one, given the availability of working (and learning) opportunities now presently online. Among the most popular work and training opportunities are web designing, copy editing and writing, virtual assistant services, e-marketing, engineering and architecture, data analytics, accounting, and IT networking, to name a few.
Giving More Control to the Talent
The extensive array of job opportunities resulting from the advances in communication and online platforms have not only provided more career choices to job seekers but as Callaghan further elaborated, also more control. Control of which employers, must take note off, and adjust to accordingly.
“If the workforce continues to shift this way, employers are going to have to change their human capital supply chain management thinking, because a lot of the best talent will know that jobs are not on-demand, but that they are in-demand."
He further elaborated that disregarding the ever-changing behavior of the workforce when it comes to work-flexibility and the gig economy, and only relying on the traditional model of hiring full-time, could lead to not having the best matches in terms employees.
“With the advent of new technologies, we’re also seeing a massive skills imbalance. we’re seeing previously professionals who want to stay at a full-time career are moving to a more flexible basis, and those skills you can’t get, the skills you want, you just can’t find the people. If you can’t find the right people, you can’t make the right progress you need.”
Keeping Up with Technology, Using Technology
As much as technology is the reason for the emergence of new career opportunities and the subsequent shift in the behavior of a good portion the digital workforce, Callaghan says it is reasonable to think that the way to keep up with those trends is through technology as well.
“There are real world applications that are starting to take place that will either help you find better talent, help you identify better talent, or help you pay the talent you want in a fashion that is most suited to them and improve their overall employee experience.”
From hiring and finding talent, establishing working arrangements, to processing compensation, there are a number of effective online tools and platforms which can employers to look to find the right people for both permanent and project-based/freelance/consultant positions.
The use of new workforce solutions and recruitment technologies also provide employers with their own opportunities, particularly the chance to streamline and/or update their processes. This results to hiring and other related processes being done more efficiently, which leads to job seekers and employees having a good experience. Eventually, this effectively raises the company’s employer branding.
Kalibrr is a technology company that aims to transform how candidates find jobs and how companies hire talent. Placing the candidate experience at the center of everything it does, the company continues to attract the best talents from all over, with 1.6 million jobseekers and counting. Kalibrr ultimately connects these talents to companies in search of their next generation of leaders.
The only end-to-end recruitment solutions provider in Southeast Asia, Kalibrr is headquartered in Makati, Philippines, with offices in San Francisco, California and Jakarta, Indonesia. Established in 2012, it has served over 18,000 clients, and is backed by some of the world’s most powerful start-up incubators and venture capitalists. These include Y Combinator, Omidyar Network, Patamar Capital, Wavemaker Partners, and Kickstart Ventures.