Once we’ve successfully established the internal marketplace, we must extend the model to add in external, non-employee talent—such as freelancers, independent consultants, and contractors. Having the ability to quickly and painlessly source workers from a pool of skilled talent is vital for an organization that wants to stay competitive in a dynamic business environment.
Let’s look at this in a real-world scenario with the way things are today: A stay-at-home mom with 10-plus years of video experience is looking for part-time gig work. She owns her own equipment, editing tools, and software so she can operate independently—the catch is that she can only work 3-4 hours a day while her kids are at school. On the demand side, a marketing team leader needs a new product video created in a short timeframe. Neither the creative team nor the external agency they use have the bandwidth to execute the project.
What happens today? The project is scrapped, the company misses out on an opportunity to showcase a new product for prospects, and the skilled video editor sits at home. Just think of how much talent is underutilized, and how many important projects don’t get completed on time because we don’t have a frictionless talent marketplace—yet.
Ultimately, our goal is to enable talent optimization for our customers, regardless of where the talent is, by delivering a talent marketplace that easily connects employees and candidates with employers in need of skilled workers. Our skills cloud, available today, will serve as the intelligent foundation for that vision as we continue on this path to prepare businesses for the future of work.