The expectations that surround best-in-class recruiting have shifted dramatically during the first part of the twenty-first century. As recently as a decade ago, an effective recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) relationship was regarded as a ‘service.’ The traditional service level agreements (SLAs) related to time-to-fill, satisfaction surveys, and the link – as opposed to true business outcomes measured by increased sales and margin performance – reduced the partnership to something much more transactional.
But recruiting is complicated, it’s nuanced, it’s fluid. Like any great relationship, provider and client will work better and more closely together when they have a shared mutual interest, and the results will follow.
RPO gainsharing is designed to get the provider and the client working together differently, and more closely. This happens easily when there is mutual investment and commitment to one another, closer communication, and less dancing around each other. The level of business intimacy found in other working relationships, like the CEO with her COO or a manger with his director, is hard to replicate. Gainsharing is a way to drive the kind of intimacy and collaboration that real partners share, as touched upon in this report.