Why the independent workforce is the alternative you need

January 12, 2017 Rebecca White

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Sometimes you just need a job doing by someone, not someone to do a job. Hiring can be impossible when time is short and specialist skills are even shorter. Do you persevere with hiring? Work with a specialist consultancy firm? Draw from your own network? As we move towards a new world of work the power of the independent workforce could be the alternative you need.

Your own network isn't enough

When you have a job that you need doing but it doesn't fit the capabilities of your team, it makes sense to go to the external person you know to get it done. But sometimes that person isn't available or doesn't have the specialist knowledge. Take one of our industrial engineering clients, for instance, they came to us because they needed to do research into an acquisition target specialising in Internet of Things. They needed someone with this expertise but they didn't possess it in house, nor did they know the person who did. However Talmix did, and within days they had someone on the job, helping them progress their acquisition.

The leaner approach

Augmenting your workforce with independents to deal with different business needs is the new alternative to hiring permanent employees. This means you can create a leaner operating model - have fewer people on the payroll and supplement your core team when you need it. 

A client in the energy sector has had to explore this to adapt to a new pace of change. It did this by creating an innovation hub where new initiatives could be accelerated. But because these were start-up projects within the organisation, they could not be sure of their success and the need for permanent expertise in each new subject matter. So the company came to Talmix to provide them with independent workers to augment the team they already had, adding different expertise, until proof of concept could be reached, or not.

This strategy lowered the transaction cost and got someone in to do the job fast. The energy company is able to draw on the Talmix global network of 30,000 independent consultants at any time, in any part of the world.  

Attract top talent

Some roles are almost impossible to fill; specific skills that are hard to find, niche industry expertise that isn't readily available or locations that are difficult to service. Plus companies that lack the clout or employer brand name to attract the right candidates can find it even more difficult. For these scenarios forcing through a hire or engaging an expensive consultancy can break the project or initiative.

But, as more top talent joins the independent workforce the availability of great people to do work for you on a more flexible basis is much better. Take Talmix consultant Brigitte Herren, she has a stellar CV including time at Deutsche Bank and Accenture, but she loves working with lesser known brands for the challenge it brings her. 

She is an example of and testifies to the quality of independent consultants. She says, "I've worked with companies who have wanted to work with one of the big consulting firms because of the brand name, but have later complained that they didn't get the people they wanted. You don't get that when you use independent consultants." 

Working with an independent or independents means taking more responsibility for making sure you have the right people in place. With opportunity costs removed, and a low time to evaluate there is little to stop you trying it out and making an assessment based on your own experience.

An ongoing business solution

Partnerships with contractors and interims are already commonplace in most organisations, but by adopting an on demand model and working with a solution like Talmix you're becoming so much more responsive to your business' needs.

Now is the time to give this evolving industry trend a chance, because it could become a competitive disadvantage if you don't.

Want to know more?

The founder of Talmix, Daniel Callaghan and independent consultant, Brigitte Herren, discussed this approach in this webinar. To find out how independent consultants can change your business get in touch.

About the Author

Rebecca White

As Marketing Campaigns Manager at Talmix, Becca is focused on helping potential and existing customers understand how Talmix can help them unlock the power of the world's independent workforce. She strives to create killer content marketing, telling the stories of our customers' success.

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