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How Unilever has created a culture of internal talent mobility

By | David Green | People Analytics leader | Director, Insight222 & | Conference speaker | Host, Digital HR Leaders Podcast

Talent marketplace is not about the technology, it is about the culture that we want to create

When the CEO cites the internal talent marketplace you’ve helped to create as a major contributor to revenue during the company’s quarterly earnings call, you know you’ve achieved something pretty special.

That’s what happened to my guest for this week’s episode of the Digital HR Leaders Podcast. Jeroen Wels is the Executive Vice-President for HR at Unilever, and the architect of Flex Experiences.

Flex Experiences is Unilever’s thriving internal talent marketplace, which is currently used by 65,000 global employees who are able to share their skills and experience with people on other teams and in other countries.

During their quarterly earnings call for the first quarter of 2020, Unilever’s CEO, Alan Jope, highlighted how by using Flex Experiences, the company had been able to redeploy over 3,000 people from parts of the business with low demand to the areas that were seeing high demand due to the pandemic.

As you’ll hear from Jeroen in this episode, Flex is a stand-out example of a talent marketplace, and the impact – both to the business in terms of agility and unlocked hours, and employees in helping them discover their purpose and support their careers – is huge.

How can you resolve the friction of an internal talent marketplace with an external talent marketplace? And if we do that, I think we open up the real future of work.

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