The term ‘bench’ is synonymous with consulting organisations and change programmes, striking fear into some and perhaps a sigh of relief for others. During the pandemic many organisations made deep cuts to headcount in order to survive, all developed new ways of working.
As the UK begins to emerge out the other side of the Covid-19 pandemic, the future of work looks different. Until recently words like ‘hybrid’, ‘virtual’, ‘flexible’ and ‘remote’, were not commonly bandied about in job descriptions and adverts. Yet a lot has changed in the last eighteen months. Clients and candidates alike are seeking a different approach to talent and work. If that weren’t enough, the growing shortage of top-talent – particularly in emerging fields – is reaching critical levels. Against this backdrop, the concept of a flexible bench is one that seems likely to become a popular solution to the challenge of acquiring top talent. Utilising this approach could add massive value for organisations enacting change in the post pandemic world, enabling cost effective and efficient expertise on a flexible / virtual basis.
Norman Broadbent plc (LON:NBB) is a leading Professional Services firm offering five interrelated Talent Acquisition & Advisory Services: Board & Leadership/Executive Search, Senior Interim Management, Research & Insight, Leadership Consulting & Assessment, and executive level Recruitment solutions.