Who In The Zoo – New Ways Of Working Series

In Generations At Work, Herman Miller called this a ‘generation-bending’ era. As the overall population ages in industrialised countries, mature workers are staying in employment longer. Yet, at the same time, Millennials will eventually make up the majority of the workforce.

The challenge will be to accommodate age and experience, while catering to Millennial employees’ expectations for Purpose-driven organisations, innovation, leadership roles and entrepreneurial opportunities.

It’s a given that companies will need to retain older workers to keep their businesses going. As the CIPD states, “we are running out of worker’s: current employer plans suggest we will need to fill 13.5 million job vacancies in the next ten years, but only seven million young people will leave school and college” with the right skills to fill the gap.

As Malcolm Gladwell points out in an article for Forbes, 10 Ways Millennials are Creating the Future of Work, Millennials are more about ‘the network’ than ‘the hierarchy’. And a generation weaned on leaderless platforms like Reddit and Twitter will naturally care more about collaboration.

And middle managers who were traditionally the ones standing in between the the c-suite and the worker-bees now facilitate the conversations instead of standing in the way.

Millennials who value a high level of autonomy, expect to have a say in decisions that affect them; something our parents would be mortified by. And to add more to our parents cause for concern, workplaces are being shaped by new visions of leadership, which means fewer middle managers and more empowered employees.

These new working structures will naturally build more flexibility in the ways we all work. They mirror the development of the ‘sharing economy’, creating new opportunities for ‘shared employment’, taking part-time working and job sharing to the next level.

There’s never been a more important time to rethink how you hire and reinvent your career; because where, when and how you work is up for grabs.

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Georgia Punch
HR & Operations

“We have been working with the Onset Group for the past few years, helping us secure both contract and permanent staff across multiple technical areas. They always ensure they have our business’ needs in mind and it’s great working with a partner that truly understands the technical space that we are in. Of all of the recruiters I have met or worked with over the years, I couldn’t recommend this group any more.”

Paul Madani
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“IPG Mediabrands have built a solid, trusting working relationship with the Onset Group over the past few years. We are very selective on who we partner with regarding our recruitment needs. The Onset Group have proven time and time again, they absolutely deserve a spot on our PSA. They understand our business, they deliver, they follow up, they’re smart and they are professional.”

Lisa Gray
Head of Human Resources

“I’ve worked in the product community in Sydney for just 3 years and the Onset are my go-to folk for product talent (and opportunities). Once in my role I worked with the team at Onset to build out my product team of 6 over the next year. So I’ve experienced the quality and expertise from both sides of the engagement.”

Jennifer Flynn
Group Manager, Product Management

“Working with The Onset was fantastic. They spent the time with me up front on understanding not only the requirements of the role but also the qualities and skill sets needed to fill the role well. The candidates provided were really strong and led to hires who have not only helped us fill roles but also enhance our overall company culture by introducing us to top quality candidates. Thanks Onset!”

Yaniv Klein
Product Director

“We partnered with The Onset, a leading IT recruitment agency, explained the journey we were on, and asked them to sell our vision to the Sydney market in our search for high quality developers. It was important that the people we chose not only had high technical skills but were a good cultural fit and understood where oOh! was going”

Andy Mcquarrie
Chief Technology Officer

“…by taking time to understand our unique hiring requirements, both from the start and as our needs have evolved. At Digital Asset, we’re looking for engineers and product managers with a specialized mix of skills and industry experience, for example, a strong background in financial services, or knowledge of functional programming languages. Onset has helped us find experienced candidates who are not only highly qualified but also inspired to work with a firm like ours”

Drew Harding
Senior Delivery Manager

“In addition to running the search and recruitment process they helped us to shape the role and were able to guide us through what was happening in the market and the experiences of other high growth companies.”

Rachel Debeck
Chief Operating Officer

“It was a pleasure working with Danielle to source a full stack developer for our company. She put real effort into understanding what we were looking for and helped us find the right candidate. Plus helped us find the first female developer!”

Antony Francis
Team Lead

“Onset has been partnering with Haventec for over three years. The team at Onset have the great ability to connect with our team and understand our business and culture to be able to place employees that fit our team like a glove. It takes great talent to recognise the unique needs of each business and to be able to deliver on them so well”

Edora David
Business Operations Manager

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