I and T shaped people
Having recently read Alison Grades The Freelance Bible, I am now aware that there are two different types of people in the work world.
I and T shaped people (Page 28-29). Intriguing right?
For years companies would search high and low for employers that all ticked the same boxes.
When you have those people, and it works, why change it?
In my last article, I dabbled in the idea of soft and hard skills in the workplace. I and T-shaped people are on the other side of it.
When defining I shaped people, they are the workers who have skills and knowledge in a particular area. And they tend to stick to offering services in only that one area.
It leads back to the idea that shows if you are good at something, why would you do something else?
That’s where T-shaped people come in.
T-shaped people are more versatile. They have skills in various areas and can offer services for a range of things. But they aren’t as experienced in these services as I-shaped people are in their one area.
I and T-shaped people are the reason the world of freelancers has become more common for businesses. This also links to the rise in soft skills in employability.
Companies could like freelancers collaborating with them because they hold hard skills in their services and share soft skills in their self-employed demeanour.
Companies can take on people for many different projects with I and T-shaped freelancers around.
If a company wants someone to fix their website, there might be an I freelancer who is specifically skilled in the digital coding sector of websites.
On the other hand, there could be a T freelancer who can code websites and has knowledge on improving the structural aesthetics.
It’s a system that seems to leave businesses with endless opportunities. It also works perfectly for both parties- Companies can pick out how long they want a freelancer for, and as a result, the freelancer doesn’t feel as though they are being dragged into the employed community.
That way, if little projects come and go, businesses don’t have to worry about hiring a full-time employer to do the job. Magic freelancers can appear and then disappear all in the same six months.