The Extended Workforce: the difference between success and failure


  • Digital disruption and uncertain markets means that most companies will go through large-scale change programmes at some point
  • Making these work relies on strong execution
  • The extended workforce is well placed to make change take hold effectively
  • While a strategy firm might look after the design and groundwork it is more viable to retain an independent for the full rollout
  • Talmix can help you find the business talent to make change take hold


Corporations have never faced more uncertainty. Competing effectively means getting the right strategy, shape, and culture, all in a timely manner. One way to do this is through a large-scale change programme, which can transform a company and prepare it for upcoming challenges. 

Execution, then, becomes critical. An article by the Harvard Business Review’s blog identifies an organisation’s people as the single biggest reason that a strategy succeeds or fails: “…a poorly-executed strategy, no matter how clever, is worthless.”  Failing to get the right people acting in a coordinated way on the right areas risks completely invalidating all the hard work that was done. 

This remains a considerable challenge. Anxiety over new change programmes is to be expected - as employees see the organisation change, they may question their role in the new company or wonder what other changes are ahead. Others may simply disagree with the decisions made. These attitudes aren’t likely to change quickly, and are especially common in teams most affected by the change. 

Making change work

That’s where tapping into the extended workforce can play an important role. Bringing in professionals with the skills and experience to execute change programmes can fill a gap when and where it’s needed most. These workers act quickly and efficiently to turn the new strategies and culture into a reality, translating complex concepts into practical behaviours and ways of working.

Locating your talent pool

Finding the right talent that can manage the implementation of strategy is as simple as using a dedicated platform such as Talmix. As the home of business talent, Talmix serves as an on demand workforce ready for projects ranging from short-term to long-term. Our candidates have the background and experience to implement even the most complex of projects. Their unique perspectives, broad experience, and wide range of skills represent a significant opportunity for companies seeking to access talent in a cost-efficient and timely manner. 

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