Pontoon's Holistic View

New approach to meet talent challenge.

Pontoon's Holistic View

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Pontoon’s Global Workforce Solutions survey has shone a new light on some of the most pressing issues facing top organisations and their talent acquisition functions as they work to resolve key talent issues.

“Access to the right talent is one of the biggest threats to businesses around the world,” says Corinne Ripoche Van Hecke, president of Pontoon. “Taking a Total Talent approach helps companies solve key organisational challenges and deliver a talent strategy that’s aligned with business needs,”

According to Corinne, Total Talent is the future of the market and the future of Pontoons’ clients. She believes a transformation of the recruitment industry is currently taking place. “Many believe that the ‘safe’ bet is to stay the course, but there’s nothing safe about falling behind with talent,” says Corinne. “Total Talent blends insight, talent pooling, multichannel talent acquisition and technology to help organisations get full visibility into the talent market instead of being limited by channels or talent type.”

Recruiting needs to adapt, in line with business needs, bridging business and talent acquisition strategies. However, the Total Talent acquisition strategy, and readiness of organisations to implement this approach, is not there yet. 60 per cent of organisations surveyed believe their talent acquisition strategy either isn’t aligned at all or is only aligned to some extent to business objectives. 70 per cent of organisations believe their organisation is either not capable at all or only capable to some extent of delivering future-ready talent.


The results of the survey identified three primary barriers that hold organisations back from implementing an integrated approach to talent acquisition. The first is complexity (49 per cent): overcoming organisational inertia is the biggest challenge organisations face. Next is internal silos (40 per cent): in many organisations HR and Talent Acquisition run the permanent recruiting function while Procurement is responsible for contingent staffing. Bridging the silos between disparate departments can be extremely challenging. The third biggest barrier is technology (27 per cent): changing a technology platform is a huge challenge for many organisations, and many will require assistance through a thoughtful, steady approach to ensure success.

For an organisation to unleash its full talent potential it needs to implement transformational solutions. A Total Talent approach to talent acquisition is recruitment as it should be. It breaks down the barriers that have always existed between permanent and contingent recruitment.

There are signs of progress ahead, the majority of organisations (55 per cent) are currently or are likely to implement integrated solutions in the next five years. Total Talent is achieved through three pillars that work together to give organisations the ability to compete effectively for future-ready talent: Alignment, Availability, and Access.

To read the full paper detailing all results of the survey, please visit: https://www.pontoonsolutions.com/total-talent-shift/



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