Workforce agility: Examining the role of organizational practices and psychological empowerment
What is it about?
Developing an agile workforce requires an understanding of the organization’s basic characteristics. Managers must then leverage the organizational practices that facilitate agility. At the same time, they must bear in mind that employee empowerment has been recognized as a facilitator of proactive behavior, such as flexibility, resilience, and persistence.
Why is it important?
An agile organization, of course, requires an agile workforce.Recent research shows that manufacturing flexibility depends much more on people than on technologies and the ability of workers at various levels to communicate effectively. There is an absence of systematic studies on the concept of workforce agility, however. Research on agility has mainly focused on the operational perspectives of speed and flexibility. Little attention has been devoted to identifying the organizational characteristics that are conducive to the agile employee performance. When pinpointing the organizational practices that can promote workforce agility, the literature is largely limited to untested prescriptions.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Ashutosh Muduli