After the success of the first edition last November, Tomorrow Works came back on February 8th, 2018, organised in partnership with Le Lab RH and Lion.
Alexandre Stourbe, General Coordinator of Le Lab RH and moderator of the debate, raised the issues related to the creation of a Chief Freelance Officer position: the key role companies need to manage freelancers.
Laetitia Vitaud (future of work author), Guillaume Grillat (tech community ambassador at Deezer), Alexandre Bourlier (co-founder of the HappyDev network) and Nicolas Reboud (co-founder and CEO of Shine) shared their expert insights during the event’s round table.
BALANCING AGILITY AND FLEXIBILITY
Hiring the best tech and data experts is a major stake for companies. However, they face a significant issue on the job market: the growing popularity of independent work.
“Contracting freelancers will allow HR teams to fasten their recruitment process in a context of talent war. Besides, technical teams will be strengthened thanks to a new on-demand workforce.”
Guillaume Grillat, Tech Community Ambassador @ Deezer
The Chief Freelance Officer will be required to help freelancers with their integration within an organization. He will create the best conditions to help them complete their missions successfully.
MISSIONS AND PERSPECTIVES
→ Build a talent ecosystem around the company
Freelancers provide companies with their skills and belong to a satellite ecosystem that can be contacted on demand. “Freelancers are transformation agents. They bring knowledge and know-how that help companies innovate,” Laetitia Vitaud explained.
→ Help companies improve their attractivity
Setting up an efficient talent acquisition process in a healthy environment is essential for any company. Targeting the very active community of independent workers requires a proper strategy. The first condition is to educate your internal teams so that freelancers feel integrated and from the first day of their onboarding.
→ Create a legal frame
Defining a standard contracting model is key to fasten administrative process and help companies hire freelancers seamlessly. Also, corporations need to protect from common legal issues regarding status, intellectual property or economic dependence.
→ Remote or onsite work?
Opinions are mixed, depending a lot on the company’s culture, its location and work methods. According to Guillaume Grillat, tech talents must be onsite in order to understand better how the team works. Nicolas Reboud encourages the adoption of remote work, but preferably a couple of days per week only, in order to assimilate a company’s culture. Corporations far from city centers have the biggest issues hiring freelancers to work onsite. Laetitia Vitaud recommends such companies to add remote work to their talent acquisition strategy in order to boost their attractivity.
The creation of a Chief Freelance Officer position is relevant to any large corporation. In a context of talent war, freelancers have become strategic allies for companies struggling to hire A-players. Sadly, executives dedicated to this mission are still very rare in France. Deezer is a counterexample, laying the foundations of a future in which increasingly collaborating with on-demand talents will be a decisive asset.