Gig Workers

Rethinking Our Way Forward into a New Work World

 

As the world begins to realize there will be no return to normal, Diane Mulcahy shares an article that explores the need to rethink the future of work.

Work was ripe for disruption long before 2020. The fundamental structure of work, and the ways we work, haven’t kept pace with technology, with corporate needs to access the right talent at the right time, or with workers’ preferences for greater flexibility and control.

Now that it’s been disrupted – now that how and where and when we work has all fundamentally changed – we aren’t likely to revert to the way we used to work. There is no return to normal.

Abandoning the idea that we’re going back, and backwards, to our old working lives opens up a whole new set of possibilities and opportunities about ways to move forward. It offers us the chance to rethink what work will look like, not return to what it was.

Rethinking Work

Companies have traditionally organized the work they need to get done into full-time jobs, which they then fill with full-time employees. Full-time jobs aren’t going away, but they are being supplemented by a more flexible, dynamic approach to structuring work into projects, assignments, and tasks.

 

Points covered in this article include:

  • Breaking jobs into more precise and specific units
  • Moving past the idea of an office-based workplace
  • Workforce as a service (WaaS)

 

Read the full article, We Need to Rethink Normal, Not Return to It, on ADP.com.

 

Are Gig Workers a Crisis Management Solution?

 

In this article for WorkMarket, Diane Mulcahy explains why gig workers may provide the solution you need to adapt to the current pandemic and changing business environment.

The world, the economic environment, and the demands placed on your company are all changing in unexpected ways. The difference between succeeding or failing to manage through a crisis can depend on your ability to add staff to critical functions, and access the exact skills and experience needed to respond to a changed business environment.

Gig workers can help your company weather this crisis by providing flexibility and resilience to your workforce. Maybe you need a skilled writer, blogger or technician to move a project forward or be “on the ground” in a specific geographic market. By using independent workers, you can respond to changing demands for specific skills, experience, or expertise, when and where you need them.

Independent workers bring other benefits to companies: they can increase the productivity of the workforce and support a high-performance culture. Companies that embrace the Gig Economy – made up of consultants, independent contractors, freelancers, and on-demand workers – will have a competitive advantage, in both good times and bad, over companies that don’t.

 

Points covered in this article include:

  • Accessing talent
  • Increasing productivity
  • Supporting a high-performance culture

 

Read the full article, How Gig Workers Can Help Your Company Weather the Storm, on the WorkMarket website.