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Dreamworker is an organisation that registers, empowers, inspires, and “work-readies” unemployed people by creating a best practice profile of each individual and then linking them to appropriate work opportunities. The type of work they are matched with includes fulltime, part-time or contract work and we track and document these opportunities on an electronic database. Although we have a massive database system, our focus remains the human job seeker.
Our philosophy is to create a process of quality human engagement supported by quality information that we feed into the employer market. We do this by matching appropriate, unemployed people (job demand) with work opportunities (job supply) and satisfying both parties.
Background to the Dreamworker office in Atlantis
Our first office was located in Cape Town and we opened a second office in Atlantis. The process of opening the second office was discussed in a previous learning brief. In Atlantis we wanted to improve our services to the worker-seekers and the employees. Atlantis is an isolated rural area, where only 41% of our job candidates have a matric certificate. They have work experience in the industrial sector, in office administration, and retail. Most of the unemployed who register with our office are youth under the age of 35 years. We seek to help these specific, rural-based unemployed people find jobs.
Describing the “Strategic Conversation Matrix”
To help our organisation take appropriate actions to match job seekers with employees we use a Strategic Conversation Matrix. This matrix walks us through a 4-step process as follows:
Step 1. Identify what is certain to this environment but you can’t control – These are the rules of the game.
Step 2. Identify what is uncertain and you can’t control – These are uncertain scenarios.
Step 3. Identify what can you control but is uncertain – These are your options and possibilities.
Step 4. Identify what can you control and what is certain – These can lead to potential decisions and actions.
Below we offer some examples of how to populate the Strategic Conversation Matrix on the Work Demand / Unemployed side:
Step 1. Certain But Can’t Control:
Step 2. Uncertain and Can’t Control:
Step 3. Can Control but Uncertain:
Step 4. Can Control and Certain
We use this matrix to frame our organizations strategic actions, and to focus our efforts to the most effective and efficient ends. We endeavour to match the Work Demand with the Work Supply matrix to identify the common areas, gaps, uncertainties and opportunities and be in a better position to take appropriate action. This technique has been particularly useful in setting up the rural Atlantis office and we hope that we can use this again for other future rural Dreamworker offices.
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In this learning brief Dreamworker explains how to use a Strategic Conversation Matrix to help identify ways to match unemployed people with the job market. This technique helps organisation's to plan stratigecally and focus their efforts in an efficent way.