or liquid talent
refers to giving employees the opportunity to bolster and broaden their skill set across multiple disciplines within an organization. This fluid approach to employee development has helped organizations identify employee strengths and weaknesses effectively and helped open career paths, keeping employees engaged and challenged. These employees add value by increasing operational knowledge and experience. In the best-case scenarios, liquid employees gain a bird’s-eye view of a company’s operation, and evolve into account managers and office leaders. Furthermore, liquid training helps organizations retain employees by fostering loyalty among top talent, and helps an organization protect its talent pool. Some companies take liquid training a step further, not only allowing employees to work across disciplines, but across geographies. M&C, a U.K.-based company with 23 offices across the globe, nominates employees for three- to six-month work assignments at the company’s various locations. "You get to know the office, you get to know the culture," said Moray MacLennan, M&C's worldwide CEO. "It's a way of maturing people, and it builds a robust fabric of network ambassadors."