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Published: September 27, 2023

Modern Work Requires Redefining “Work”: The Power of Talent Marketplaces

By Annie articles

The definition of ‘work’ is in flux, shaped by modern technological advancements, economic shifts, and changing workforce dynamics. In short, the content of what we once called work hasn’t changed but the way it’s delivered to organizations is shifting. With these transformations, companies are facing talent gaps, a growing dilemma where specialized skill sets are in high demand but short supply. This scarcity of talent isn’t just a HR problem; it’s a business challenge that can cripple sales, product development, innovation and growth. To combat this, organizations need to look beyond traditional hiring paradigms. Enter: talent marketplaces.

Platforms like TalPoint, Upwork, Workrise, and Catalant have revolutionized the way we approach work. They’ve not only bridged the gap between freelancers and companies but have also paved the way for a more fluid and responsive workforce. Here’s why talent marketplaces are the future of modern work:

Diverse Skill Pools: Instead of restricting oneself to the local talent pool, marketplaces offer access to a set of skills that is both broad and deep. It’s rare that a company can hire for every need and so being able to tap into a network of skilled subject matter experts an an instant way to extend the bench of talent you have at your disposal.

Flexibility and Adaptability: The ebb and flow of business demands can be unpredictable. Hiring a full-time resource for a temporary need or surge in demand is neither feasible nor economical. Talent marketplaces allow companies to scale up or down based on real-time needs, ensuring optimal resource allocation.

Cost Efficiency: In many cases hiring an FTE makes all the sense in the world. However, there are other instances where you only need a specific project or type of work completed. Beyond salaries, the cost of hiring includes recruitment, training, benefits, and general overhead. These costs can add up quickly and are typically an additional 25%-35% on top of the total salary you’re paying. By leveraging talent marketplaces where it makes sense, companies can significantly cut down on this overhead by paying only for the work done.

Speed of Execution: Traditional hiring can be time-consuming, especially where it takes 3-6 months, or longer, to find qualified individuals. In contrast, talent marketplaces offer a streamlined process, enabling fast access to subject matter experts and a shortened time to start working on projects. This is particularly important in the world of security, risk, privacy and compliance where projects are often done from a reactive position.

Fostering Innovation: By bringing outside experts in who have helped many companies complete the work at hand, companies can innovate beyond their current approach, implement best practices, and benefit from a broader knowledge base than just their internal team.

Skeptics may argue that these platforms depersonalize work or may compromise on quality. However, many of these platforms, like TalPoint, have rigorous vetting processes, ensuring only the top echelon of talent makes the cut. Moreover, the feedback and review system keeps service providers accountable, creating a meritocratic ecosystem.

In conclusion, as the definition of work evolves, so must our strategies to source talent. Talent marketplaces offer a robust, efficient, and innovative solution to the modern-day talent conundrum. Companies that harness their potential today will be better poised for success in the ever-evolving landscape of tomorrow.

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Charles M.


Charlies is a 14 year cyber security expert. He started his career in the U.S. armed forces and then transitioned into commercial roles. A security engineer by training, he's well-versed in tool deployment and administration.

Ellen K.

GRC Expert

Ellen bring a decade of GRC expertise to the TalPoint community. She's knowledgeable on a variety of frameworks and employs a methodical approach to compliance. She's available for needs assessments, gap assessments, internal audits, and for certain frameworks running independent 3rd party audits.

Zachary C.

Founder and CRO

Zachary bring a 20+ year career in risk management to the TalPoint community. He's worked across healthcare, finance, and supply chain manufacturing. His broad experience offers both a holistic view of risk as well as a common sense approach to risk management.