W&T is a hypothetical consultancy company in 10 years time, with aspects of the preferable future that can give inspirations for current consultancies. TREASE is an internal platform for W&T that is available for all employees. It is an online professional board that enables communication and individual career exploration and building for individuals, meta-level data and strategy recommendations for the managing level, and a personnel-based search for clients.
Both W&T and TREASE have been created for middle-size consultancies with global branches, currently working based on projects and teams. They are especially aimed to consultancies that are seeking ways to give flexiblity and autonomy to their employees.
W&T and TREASE were designed to address the problems and needs that are already present in today’s consulting industry, and will be even more prominent in 10 years time. These include the lack of systems that support lateral career movements for individuals, the increasingly difficulty of employment, and knowledge retainment for consultancies. At the same time, the need for an environment for professional curiosity and exploration for individuals is becoming more prominent, as well as structures that harness the individuals' full potential.
W&T's innovative internal structure steps away from the conventional department-based thinking and expresses individuals' unique and diverse abilities and knowledge, while TREASE visualises both companies' and employees' professional skills and expertise, acting as a guideline and encouragement for individuals' professional development. This is achieved by giving employees free reign and reassurance to be able to freely 'roam about the forest' and to 'gather timbers' from any trees they are interested in.