With most traditional business-as-usual roles in the aviation industry being disrupted by Covid-19, Changi Airport Group (CAG)’s employees had an innovative opportunity to contribute to the organisation and discover new ways of working.
In late April, to enable employees to continue to learn and grow during this period, CAG’s People Team (PT, a.k.a Human Resources) started to explore ways in which the company can re-engage the workforce to chase new ideas and pivot to new business areas. Around the same time, a number of CAG divisions expressed that they needed additional talents with different skills to help them design and run their new projects.
PT recognised that this could be a great learning opportunity for staff to have “mini-attachments” outside their regular portfolio and be exposed to different areas of CAG’s business. Hence, the innovative idea for a skills-exchange platform was born!
Named Project Starship, a tongue-in-cheek reference to Star Trek – Starship Enterprise’s famous quote “To boldly go where no one has gone before”, this skills-exchange platform was a first for CAG, where project owners and individual employees can connect and the exchange of skills and time contributed be brokered. Starship also represents the organisation’s journey towards a more One-CAG type collaboration, where diverse talents from different clusters could come together to solve challenges and offer new ideas.
To enable Starship to be rolled out quickly, PT challenged themselves to design, build and execute this skills-exchange platform by only using internal resources. From the initial idea conceptualisation, PT managed to launch the platform successfully in just over a month.
Changi Journeys checked in with a project participant and a project leader, to learn more about their experience along this journey.