Companies Turn to Contractors and Freelancers

By Samuel Greengard
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It's certainly not news that the face of enterprise hiring is changing. As organizations attempt to fill skill and knowledge gaps in their workforce—and create a more flexible and agile approach to business—they're turning to freelancers and independent contractors in growing numbers. According to a new Tower Lane Consulting market brief, "Surveying the New World of Work," this emerging labor model offers enormous opportunities but also presents substantial challenges. The report, commissioned by freelance labor provider Elance, discovered that many organizations have a difficult time finding qualified candidates, handling payments, finding the right tools to communicate with freelancers, onboarding those they would like to hire, and maintaining visibility over groups of freelancers. The survey also found that a clearly defined strategy and the right tools can transform a potentially chaotic and time-consuming process into a competitive advantage. The key, notes Joslyn Faust, a principal at Tower Lane, is finding "a specific combination of skills, experience, work ethic and temperament that fits with a company. The consensus is that making a bad hire can be very costly to the company in multiple ways, so hiring managers are open to new ways to more efficiently find qualified candidates."

This article was originally published on 2013-10-11
Samuel Greengard is a freelance writer for Baseline.
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