Flexible Consulting & Support Solutions

In order to help organisations deal better with their specific challenges in shaping the changing world of work, we at WorkMatters provide a unique and innovative service to our clients where they can access the expertise when, how and where it is needed.

The Key Benefits of our approach include:

  • Immediate on-demand access to senior level HR and organisational consulting and training support as needed in a fast-moving HR team environment.
  • Flexible, versatile, and accessible consulting and training support resource for client teams and leaders.
  • All WorkMatters associates are seasoned local and international experts with extensive experience in a range of ‘future of work’ topics and specialisms.
  • The WorkMatters partnership approach is based on optimising the collective impact of internal, peer to peer client and WorkMatters associate’s expertise and experience.

Helping You to Create the Future Of Work

Even before the onset of Covid-19, the world of work was changing at an ever-increasing pace. New business models, enabling technologies and agile ways of working are providing great opportunities but also significant challenges and risks for organizations, leaders and their employees. Employee expectations continue to shift and change with new work models and options available as never before. At the same time, other core aspects of leading a successful organization into the future remain quite constant and a focus on the here and now is also needed.

Proactively leading this dynamic work environment is one of the most important organizational, leadership and personal challenges today.

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The world of work is changing at an ever-increasing pace. New business models, technologies and agile ways of working are emerging every day providing great opportunities but also significant challenges and risks for organizations, leaders, and their employees. Employee expectations continue to shift and change with new work models and options available as never before. At the same time, other core aspects of leading a successful organization into the future remain quite constant and a focus on the here and now is also needed.

Proactively shaping and leading this dynamic work environment is one of the most important organizational, leadership and personal challenges today.

We assist our clients in assessing this changing work landscape for their unique situation and circumstances. We then help them prepare and create their roadmap for the specific challenges and practical issues they face regarding the changing world of work.

In partnership with industry and international leaders in the field, WorkMatters has access to a wealth of practical experience, research and Insight into how organizations, and those that lead and work in them, can shape and thrive in what is a rapidly changing work environment.

Dynamic People Strategies and Solutions For a Dynamic World

HR strategy, structure and Processes need to be in tune with what the business and workforce needs to be successful Now as well as what is needed to remain agile and prepared for the future.

This has never been as true as it is today as we shape new work models and employee experiences in a post Covid world.

Balancing business critical talent strategy, emerging technologies and HR processes with evolving employee expectations is also a challenge in today’s dynamic business and work environment. The world of work is changing and employees are looking to have more of a say, more influence and more purpose in their work.

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“HR will play an increasingly central role in shaping the new world of work and the organization of the future”

Whether you are a large organization or a scaling early-stage business, WorkMatters can help you develop and build fit-for-purpose, dynamic people strategies and solutions for your organization – solutions that will align the changing needs of your organization with delivering a compelling employee experience for your workforce.

Supported by seasoned HR leaders and experts in their field, WorkMatters can help you to:

• Shape and align your people strategy and priorities in today’s dynamic business and blended work environment

• Review and help you build your HR operating model referencing both classic and AgileHR practices and principles

• Review your specific HR, engagement, reward and talent management processes

• Train your HR and business leaders in emerging HR and people management practices

Organizational Agility

How Agile is your Organization from the perspective of its strategy, structures, processes, people and systems?

WorkMatters assists clients in defining the critical actions and capabilities required to advance Organizational Agility in a sustainable way depending on their unique circumstances and the scale of the change that the Organization seeks to deliver.

Specialising in the people and leadership aspects of organizational agility, WorkMatters provides bespoke training and consulting support to internal business and HR teams to help them advance organizational agility principles and practices within their organizations.

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Future-Proof Your Organization & Workforce

Organizational Agility is commonly quoted as critical to successfully adapting to rapidly changing business and work environments – and to future-proofing the organization for future challenges and opportunities.

The argument is simple and compelling. If business leaders can improve Organizational Agility they will have gone a long way in preparing that organization for the business challenges and opportunities of the future.

“Business leaders and individuals will need to adopt agile practices, models and mindsets in order to thrive in the new landscape” (Linda Holbeche)

Agile principles and practices have evolved over time and have developed more rapidly in recent years within areas such as software design and product development. However, as a deliberate organization wide strategy, Agility is often inconsistently defined and unevenly executed.

Organizational Agility

How Agile is your Organization from the perspective of its strategy, structures, processes, people and systems?

WorkMatters assists clients in defining the critical actions and capabilities required to advance Organizational Agility in a sustainable way depending on their unique circumstances and the scale of the change that the Organization seeks to deliver.

We often begin with a high-level assessment or scan of an Organization’s Agility through the five lenses of strategy, culture, organization, people and external focus (SCOPE). Contact us for more information on how you can take the SCOPE agility test for your organization.

Specialising in the people and leadership aspects of organizational agility, WorkMatters provides bespoke training and consulting support to internal business and HR teams to help them advance organizational agility principles and practices within their organizations.

Leadership Agility

How agile are your organization’s leaders based on what the business needs and what it aspires to be? How do leaders lead and what do they consistently reward and recognise? Is the current leadership style and behaviour in your organization deliberate and consistent in promoting and role modelling values and principles needed to create the organization of the future?

“Leadership agility is probably the most important competency for leaders to have in today’s rapidly changing world” – (Marshall Goldsmith, author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There)

WorkMatters and our partners offer a range of intervention and coaching options on leadership agility depending on client circumstances and the leadership development programmes you already have in place.

We are fully accredited LA360 coaches in Leadership Agility and run various tailored and open programme interventions to assist individual leaders and leadership teams develop their leadership agility self-awareness, skills and impact.

AgileHR

To support the development of an Agile Organization, HR also needs to think and operate in an agile way. How agile is your HR function and related processes today? How are people selected, developed, measured and rewarded for your current and future needs? How effective is HR in developing new work models and solutions with the business?

“HR needs to adopt agile principles and practices to improve service delivery today and also to shape how work is done in the future”

Working with seasoned HR leaders and experts in this field, WorkMatters specialises in providing specific consulting and training support for HR teams in adopting AgileHR processes and principles.

We also provide certified AgileHR training, accredited with our certification partner ICAgile.

The Agile Employee

For teams and organizations to be truly agile, individuals within an organization also need to think, act and perform in an agile way.

Such skills can also help employees to thrive in the future of work as they adapt to rapidly changing work and business circumstances.

How agile is your workforce? Do employees display the core qualities and competencies of an ‘agile employee’? How necessary are these qualities for your organization and for employees themselves as they remain career-fit for the future?

“Helping people upskill and future-proof themselves in a fast-changing world of work will be the defining challenge of our time.” Jonas Prising

From a HR perspective, are such qualities deliberately selected for, developed and rewarded in the HR and talent management processes?

WorkMatters specialises in providing specific consulting and training support for HR leaders and teams to develop an agile workforce and organization.

For employees, we also run open and customised employee of the future workshops designed for both employees and HR policy makers to understand the skills and competencies necessary for employees to thrive in the future of work.

Personal Agility – the new skill set for a changing world of work

Personal Agility refers to the research-based qualities and attributes associated with agile performance and effectiveness at individual level.

The presence of these individual qualities are necessary for agile outcomes to be delivered and sustained by employees over time. They also help employees build resilience and greater self-awareness of the qualities they need to adapt and succeed in the changing world of work. Our Personal Agility model therefore provides important insight for employees on (1) how to improve their own personal agility today and (2) how to build their adaptiveness and ‘career fitness’ into the future.

In conjunction with our partners, WorkMatters has built the Personal Agility Radar (PAR) to help employees and HR to test for these individual qualities and competencies.

Download our Whitepaper here to learn more about the Personal Agility Model and Radar. Contact us for further information or if you would like to compare your employees against established qualities and standards of individual agility.

We Can Help You Create The Culture You Want To See

The impact of culture on organizational and employee performance, as well as on employer branding and reputation, is well known. In short, culture matters. However, while often quoted, culture is not always well understood or deliberately managed.

That is where WorkMatters can help!

Culture goes to the heart of how an organization thinks and behaves and how it really executes its strategy on a day to day basis. It reflects the assumptions, behaviours and risk/reward decisions that employees make consciously and sub-consciously and in what leaders actually recognise and value.

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Sometimes culture is explicit and aligned with what is intended, but often it is not. What is clear is that leaders need to understand the culture they are creating and what is needed to reinforce and/or change it.

Given the increased pace of change in today’s world, culture has been increasingly recognised as a key organizational lever and necessary for defining and executing new norms of behaviour and ways of working.

To shape culture in a more deliberate way, leaders clearly need to understand and to agree on what those behavioural norms and working assumptions are today and what might need to change or be reinforced. They also need a plan for how this can be done and sustained over time, using tried and tested culture triggers that will reinforce and sustain new norms of working.

WorkMatters helps you clarify what your organizational culture is today and what it needs to be for you to succeed into the future. Using our culture change tool kit and roadmap, and supported by senior experts in the field, we also help you lead and deliver the culture change you want to see at all levels of the organization.

For further information or to discuss how this would work best for your organisation, please get in touch on info@workmatters.ie