Episode 19

The Future of Talent: Embracing Fractional Recruiting

About this Episode

In an enlightening episode of Offer Accepted, host Shannon Ogborn sits down with Natalie Stones to discuss the rapidly transforming talent acquisition landscape. Natalie emphasizes the growing relevance of fractional work and its impact on creating a strategic recruitment function. She underscores the need for agility and innovation in talent strategies, setting the stage for an insightful conversation about the future of recruitment.

Natalie elaborates on the economic shifts challenging traditional employment structures, advocating for fractional recruitment as a flexible and cost-effective solution. She shares her journey and the advantages of embracing this model, emphasizing its benefits for both organizations and talent professionals. The discussion pivots around adapting to new norms in recruitment, highlighting the strategic value of fractional roles in modern business scenarios, regardless of the state of the economy and market.

The episode wraps with practical insights and forward-thinking strategies, leaving listeners with a nuanced understanding of fractional recruitment's role in shaping resilient and responsive talent teams. Shannon and Natalie's dialogue provides a compelling look at the future of talent acquisition, offering valuable takeaways for businesses navigating the evolving landscape of work.



This Episode's Guest

Natalie Stones

Founder & Chief Talent Leader @ Talent Refinery

Natalie boasts over 20 years in recruiting spanning agency and in-house leadership, with a current focus on fractional talent leadership and strategic workforce planning.

Key Learnings

  1. The Rise of Fractional Work - Natalie discusses the growing relevance of fractional work in talent acquisition. She describes fractional roles as flexible, cost-effective solutions allowing companies to hire expert talent on a part-time, interim basis, particularly when full-time positions are not justifiable due to workload or budget constraints. Natalie emphasizes that fractional professionals are not merely consultants; they are embedded interim team members committed to the company's success. This insight offers a profound understanding of how fractional work is transforming the recruitment landscape, providing businesses with agile, expert talent to meet their evolving needs.
  2. Strategic Talent Acquisition - The conversation explores the importance of talent acquisition in modern businesses. Natalie asserts that recruitment is no longer a mere function of filling jobs; it's a strategic function impacting the bottom line. She advocates for educating organizations on effective workforce planning, recruiter enablement, and recruitment operations programs. Natalie's perspective highlights the necessity for businesses to view talent acquisition as a strategic partner rather than a transactional function, underscoring its potential to significantly contribute to organizational success and revenue generation.
  3. Embracing Change and Innovation - Natalie addresses the need for businesses to adapt to the changing economic landscape and the shifting paradigms of work. She notes that economic fluctuations and the rise of remote and flexible work are challenging traditional employment structures. Natalie encourages organizations to be open to change and innovation, embracing new recruitment models like fractional work to stay competitive and resilient. This insight underlines the importance of agility and forward-thinking in talent acquisition strategies, ensuring businesses can effectively navigate and thrive in an ever-changing market.

Hosted By

Shannon Ogborn

RecOps Consultant & Community Lead @ Ashby

Shannon Ogborn is a Recruiting Ops expert with nearly ten years of experience at companies from Google to Hired Inc and more. She’s shining a spotlight onto what makes a recruiting strategy one of a kind.

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