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Project mode: an alternative to internal mobility?

Faced with continuous change and the need to innovate and renew themselves ever more rapidly, companies are opting for new organizational and management methods. It is in this context of permanent acceleration that the project mode was born, a work method that is more and more popular. What does working in project mode entail? What are the advantages?



Project mode and internal mobility: what are the differences?


Project mode and internal mobility are often compared because these approaches both correspond, strictly speaking, to employee movements within the company. However, here are the main characteristics that differentiate them.


Internal mobility: a siloed evolution


Internal mobility in a company is defined as a strategic tool for managing skills. It involves an employee changing position or function within a company. Several advantages are often associated with internal mobility: limiting the costs and delays linked to external recruitment processes, building employee loyalty, and promoting the acquisition of new skills.


This evolution made possible by internal mobility has a definitive character – one leaves a position for another. It is a so-called “siloed” development.


Project mode: agile and cross-functional management


Project mode, on the other hand, brings together employees from different departments (and/or outside the company) to collaborate on the same project. This is a more agile and cross-functional management method, which consists of identifying the most qualified profiles to carry out a specific mission, across all business lines. The employees concerned by this system can be dedicated solely to the project or assigned to other missions in parallel.


This work method is applied for a limited period of time, more or less long, and can be adopted on multiple occasions. Project mode and internal mobility therefore differ mainly in two aspects: transversality and flexibility. Project mode is much more agile and collaborative, with a more horizontal management style, while internal mobility is characterized by a traditional, more firm, long-term, and siloed evolution.



Working in project mode: what are the benefits?


Working in project mode, through its collaborative dynamics, brings many benefits to a company. And this is all the truer given that organizations today are undergoing continuous change.


Optimizing communication


The project mode contributes to the cooperation between the employees involved in the project. By encouraging them to work together on a common mission, communication becomes more fluid, fostering trust and team spirit. Silos disappear and information flows more easily and quickly.


Improving the quality of work


The synergy obtained thanks to the association of collaborators improves the quality of the work done. The project mode, through the pooling of expertise, stimulates collective intelligence, a considerable asset for the company.


Indeed, the employees involved in the project are led to participate in constructive exchanges and to use their skills on transversal themes. They can thus develop their creativity and innovate more. As a result, the project mode also allows to optimize the workload as well as the time needed to complete the missions, including the most complex ones.


Valuing and stimulating employees


Working in project mode leads to an empowerment of the employees involved in the process. This position makes it possible to value the teams in their respective tasks and to energize them through cooperation. The project mode can thus generate a real boost in motivation for the employees concerned.


Moreover, by being led to exchange on transversal subjects and to share points of view, experiences or expertise, employees in project mode benefit from a quasi-permanent learning process. Thanks to the collective stimulation, they can acquire new skills. This learning process further can strengthen their motivation.



What tools to use for project-based organization


Organizing in project mode requires some preparation. The skills required for each project must be identified, to spot and call upon the best profiles to carry out these missions.


Skill mapping allows companies to respond to this very need in an efficient manner. This tool takes a snapshot of all the skills mastered by an organization’s employees at a given moment and offers a real-time overview of the skills available internally. It allows them to quickly find the right skills to meet the specific needs of a project and, consequently, to accelerate its implementation.


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