WORKFORCE STRATEGY can only be effective if it is regularly updated to take account of both new developments and shifting conditions. It benefits from being challenged by the people responsible for its implementation and needs a constant supply of relevant knowledge to keep it on track.  A two hour strategy session provides a forum for evaluating a key issue and generating knowledge that can help shape future approaches. Twelve sessions are available, all within the Pick & Mix.

KNOTTY CHALLENGES tend to be persistent over long periods of time and remain unresolvable by deep rooted practices that maintain the status quo. The Skills Utilisation Gap* is one of those enigmas that captures the imagination for a time, dances on the edge of debates on productivity but never quite enters the mainstream of either meaningful policy or employer action.

It is interesting to observe a long running paradox in the labour market, in which employers complain of shortages at the same time as many people work below their potential. While this can be partly explained by mismatches, there are many other underlying tensions that deserve greater attention. These include complex issues that are difficult to understand and address but simply asking questions about Closing the Skills Utilisation Gap* can be a useful place to start.

* The gap between investment in skills and the returns of work.

For anyone interested in Workforce Impact there are numerous well established routes that present opportunities, as well as challenges. Many can be usefully examined under an umbrella of  'managerial' activities that are essential for ensuring  that the returns of work match expectations. A second group can be depicted under a broad heading of workforce 'health', including culture, motivation and engagement, as well as staff wellbeing.

But there is a third way that involves Closing the Skills Utilisation Gap. Not that it is a route to impact that should be pursued as a sole means of improvement. Skills Utilisation approaches need to be used intelligently as part of a balanced workforce strategy that acknowledges the value of other routes. In a nutshell, that is exactly what the Workforce Impact seminar aims to do.

WORK IN FOCUS provides support with  internal research activities relating to all aspects of work. Our preferred style is light touch and collaborative, with the focus on building long term research capacity within the organisations that we work with. We can help with any part of the process, from project design to report writing and dissemination. A cost effective way of accessing support is to combine two hour research sessions with other Pick & Mix options.