Some time ago, in fact over 5 years ago, a white paper was published giving good reasons why managers should be interested in workforce deployment and staff scheduling. I guess there are fewer of those managers around now.
There were several threads running through that paper which is as relevant today as it was then, but there is one thread that is re-emerging with a greater sense of urgency than may have even been the case then. A greater sense of urgency because most business managers realise fiscal policy and financial institutions are demonstrable fragile, with no realistic expectation this will change; and a stark realization that waiting on government to help their business is a forlon hope. Above all, uncertainty now stalks just about every ‘walk of corporate life’. In other words it is difficult to make business sense of it all.
The thread I am talking about is decentralized management so those who are closer to the problem; and probably understand better than anyone else which solutions work, can act swiftly and independently to make the difference. The rise of the adhocratic organization is upon us. For many bureaucracy has got a bad name; the bureaucratic organization is dead. Like most things the truth lies somewhere in between.
For a comprehensive commentary on the bureaucracy adhocracy position check out Evan Sycamnias article.
One major weakness of adhocratic initiatives is having sufficient coordination to be effective. Sycamnias talks about businesses developing a collaborated approach to structuring; combining the sturdiness of bureaucracy with the flexibility of adhocracy. For example, delivering workforce management for the smaller adhocratic agency, but at a fraction of the cost and overhead associated with a typical bureacracy. Schedule24 employee scheduling solutions have been specifically designed for agencies tasked to swiftly deliver local solutions for local problems.
It will take less than a day to deliver the infrastructure to enable coordination, communication and control of your adhocratic initiative; and eliminating its major weakness means you can concentrate on its organizational strengths.