Cannot fill jobs? rebuild them

Journal Spring 2022 Concern frontiers

Breaking down roles into duties turns the expertise downside from one in all provide to one in all demand.

Ravin Jesuthasan and John W. Boudreau

Studying Time: 8 Minutes


  • Management

  • expertise administration


One MIT SMR An initiative to discover how know-how is reshaping the apply of administration.

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The surge of employees leaving their jobs because the COVID-19 pandemic – including to employers’ expertise woes amid an already tight labor market – has drawn predictable responses. Organizations are usually reacting to nice resignations with elevated pay and adaptability and higher, extra private advantages. However these are short-term options to a long-term downside. If the job alternatives your organization provides are the identical as all others, and wage and advantages are your solely variations, you’ll proceed to churn by way of employees in an ever-increasing struggle for expertise and an ever-increasing value construction. .

What if, as an alternative, you provided a greater job?

bend the demand curve

With most organizations centered on addressing the labor provide aspect of the equation, progressive organizations acknowledge the chance to make use of at the moment’s combat for expertise as a catalyst to rethink and reorganize work. In our new e book, work with out jobWe present how job deconstruction will help flip the demand aspect of the job equation round by constructing an agile, versatile, inclusive, and resilient new job working system.

The commonest problem employers face in attempting to draw and retain expertise stems from the belief that the job is self-fixing and wishes to vary who does it. This results in a unsuitable alternative: to rent somebody to proceed working, or to search for a substitute with comparable expertise and experience. The answer to this false alternative is to eternally redo the work and reinvent itself, making it extra engaging to expertise and of larger worth to the group.

Many organizations at the moment query the provision aspect: “How do we discover or create expertise with abilities that slot in with the automation of the long run?” In a brand new job working system that bends the demand curve, they might ask, “How can we rebuild the duty to optimize a mix of people performing some duties whereas automation does others?” Provide-side considering results in the query, “How can we do our job with the precise coverage concerning remote-hybrid-onsite work?” Demand-side thinkers ask, “What new capabilities can we invent to raised mix the duties to be carried out in every work association?” Reframing the query offers extra choices to make work extra engaging and to handle main dilemmas similar to labor shortages and resignations.

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