Ben Jansen, CEO of Déhora and a leading expert in the field of workforce planning, has been a keen proponent of flexibilisation for many years now. We asked him why flexibilisation was so important, and why organisations can’t afford to ignore it any longer.
”Flexibilisation is all about making it possible for an organisation to adapt relatively easily to changing circumstances. In other words, it makes your organisation agile and adaptable. There are all types of flexibilisation strategies nowadays; the art of course is to create the ideal balance between all the available resources at your disposal. And to make sure you have a strategy that is sustainable. Insiders call this ‘good flex’. In simple terms, this is when you have flexibility as an employer and as an employee. Various examples of this will be discussed during the congress.”
”There is a well-known saying that the only constant in an organisation is change. In any case, most businesses operate in a dynamic environment, with unpredictability and increasing complexity. This is the inevitable effect of globalisation, technologisation and individualisation.”
”It’s very simple. It is clear to me that many organisations simply won’t survive if they are unable to keep up with the latest trends in the market. Just look at all the recent examples. Especially in the retail market, like Mexx and Halfords.”
”Choosing and implementing the right flexibility strategy takes knowledge and experience, especially in cases where you want to be careful because sustainability is a serious issue. It is therefore essential to choose a flexibility strategy that will actually help you to achieve the mission of your organisation. At the same time, the codetermination of the employees also has to be given proper consideration. If you don’t, then your flexibilisation strategy will be doomed to fail.”
“During the conference, we will be trying to find the answers to at least 6 questions:
”I first got interested in flexibilisation 30 years ago. And to be honest, I still find it fascinating even today. Why? Well there are two main reasons. First of all, the multidisciplinary nature of flexibility makes it a very multifaceted subject. In other words, it is a broad subject that has an impact on just about every area of workforce organisation. Secondly, flexibilisation has become a critical issue in today’s business world. It is an issue that affects both employers and employees in very significant ways. Especially if it isn’t sustainable …”
”Déhora wants to be at the cutting edge of impactful, sustainable, and innovative developments. We also have a social responsibility to make sure organisations function properly. That is why we wanted to highlight the importance of flexibilisation. But the congress is just one of our initiatives in this field. The emphasis here is on knowledge sharing and exchange. Which means the people visiting the congress will definitely have fruitful and productive day. They will gain a better understanding of the need for sustainable flexibilisation and the concrete ways it can be put into practice.”