Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work

During my vacation I’ve started to read Sarah Kessler’s book “Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work” on my Kindle. I’m not done with it while writing this, but I’m really fascinated.

The full-time job is disappearing―is landing the right gig the new American Dream?

One in three American workers is now a freelancer. This “gig economy”―one that provides neither the guarantee of steady hours nor benefits―emerged out of the digital era and has revolutionized the way we do business. High-profile tech start-ups such as Uber and Airbnb are constantly making headlines for the disruption they cause to the industries they overturn. But what are the effects of this disruption, from Wall Street down to Main Street? What challenges do employees and job-seekers face at every level of professional experience?

In the tradition of the great business narratives of our time, Gigged offers deeply-sourced, up-close-and-personal accounts of our new economy. From the computer programmer who chooses exactly which hours he works each week, to the Uber driver who starts a union, to the charity worker who believes freelance gigs might just transform a declining rural town, journalist Sarah Kessler follows a wide range of individuals from across the country to provide a nuanced look at how the gig economy is playing out in real-time.

Kessler wades through the hype and hyperbole to tackle the big questions: What does the future of work look like? Will the millennial generation do as well their parents? How can we all find meaningful, well-paid work?

I can highly recommend this book. Really interesting. I totally agree with the praises:

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Do you have similar stories that you read about in the book? Then please share them.

Data Scientists, the answer to everything?

During the past weeks I’ve been reading several articles stating that the competence of a Data Scientist is one the most wanted and needed competences, at least in the near future. We’re living in a tech and data driven society so maybe its not that strange after all, that “everyone” needs a data scientist.

Just have a look at IBM’s predictions:

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Do you know what they do? Let’s have a short explanation:

So maybe they are the answer to everything, if each one of us are supposed to understand data? Or for us to be able to start to work on processed data directly? Needed YES, but maybe not as powerful as the answer 42 is to the Universe….And of course, everyone can’t just be a data scientist, other skills are still needed.

Are you a Data scientist? Then please share your story.

The different types of remote work

My first guest on the blog 🙂 Kathryn Casna who made a job for the content marketing bureau Gherigich, when both writing an article and producing some really nice infographics to Salesforce Canada.

Kathryn:

If there’s one thing that’s true, it’s that technology has completely revolutionized our world at home and at work. Our ability to connect, the machines and the ways that allow those connections, has allowed us to establish broader communities for our personal and our work lives. And that has immediate and wide-ranging impacts for an important aspect of our days: where we work.

Technology and tools have allowed more and more people to skip the traditional workspace setup of going into an office every day in favor of working remotely, even some of the time. That ability is creating what some are calling digital nomads: people who are able to complete
their jobs, either some or all of the time, by being online and off site. And the increasing reliance on technology by more people and more companies is promising to ensure more digital nomads in the coming years. What does this mean for everyone? This graphic explains it.

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A New Kind of Employee: The Digital Nomad

Author Bio:
Kathryn Casna is a digital marketing and travel write from San Diego, California. Customer-facing retail, hospitality, and event production make up her professional roots. Today, she runs her own writing business  from whatever new locale she happens to be exploring.


Thanks for sharing your work Kathryn. I really appreciate it.

Are you a digital nomad or a remote worker pro that wants to share your story? Don’t wait, just share it 😉

Reasons why AI is not the BIGGEST threat to jobs (and more)

So I found a very good podcast episode (which I want to share with you). The Future of Work Podcast with Jacob Morgan:

“Director Of Stanford’s New Big Data Program Gives Insight Into The Gig Economy, Big Disruptions Coming In The Future Of Work, Reasons Why AI Is Not The Biggest Threat To Jobs And More”

Summary of the episode: Paul Oyer, Professor Economics at Stanford is sharing his thoughts of Future of Work.

He share his thoughts about AI, and that AI might be a threat to the future labor market, but not as the main threat of “mass job destruction”. AI comes in the 3rd place. And also that the gig economy is actually growing, and will be important. What really caught my attention was the following sentences from Professor Paul:

It’s very hard for people to recognize that what they used to do is no longer needed. It’s difficult then to go and get trained. People need to be open to training.

Enjoy listening to it, and the rest of the episodes.

3 trends in the Gig economy 1st half of 2018

Even before I started this blog, I’ve tried to understand and learn more about the Gig economy, which of course takes a lot of time when reading a lot of different articles. My favorite app for summarizing “all about” the Gig economy/Future of Work etc is Flipboard. But that’s not what this post is about. It’s about the trends I have identified in the first half of 2018.

I have identified three trends within the Gig economy during 2018 so far, both from what I’ve read and also from own experiences in my daily job. The trends which I’ve identified:

  • Lawsuits
  • Remote work
  • Is the Gig economy a hype?

I think the video below provides you with a good summary of all the pros n’ cons of the whole concept of the Gig economy.

 

Lawsuits

Uber, Lyft, Amazon, and Pimlico Plumbers are just some of all of the big headlines in the Gig economy lawsuits . There has also been debates about the lack of safety nets in this way of working, which in some ways are brought up in the lawsuits.

The way some of these companies are working with their gig workers, is almost as if they were employed, hence the lawsuits. I guess that many gig workers pursue the gig career just for being its own boss, and setting your own schedule. In those cases is it totally different. They are forced to wear company branded apparels, and/or branded transportation, and also to have a fixed schedule to work from.

Except for the “hiring” contract, are you considered to be a gig worker then? You need to follow the employees code of work but doesn’t have the rights for overtime pay, minimum wage, insurance etc. Who’s paying for accidents when a gig workers is driving a branded car (the firm or the gig worker?)? That’s mainly what the lawsuits has been all about (if you want more info Google: Lawsuits gig economy).

The Californian Supreme court ruled that:

The court ruled that employers must treat workers who do work related to a company’s “usual course of business” as full-fledged employees. For example, if a store hires a plumber to fix a sink, that plumber wouldn’t need to be considered an employee because the store isn’t in the plumbing business. But if a clothing company paid someone to sew clothes at home, then that person should be considered an employee, entitled to minimum wage, breaks, and other benefits of employment.

We’ll see who’s winning in the long run, hopefully all the gig workers. But we can all agree that to avoid such things as lawsuits, new reforms must me implemented for this type of work.

Remote work

Maybe this isn’t a trend that affects the surrounding that much, since a lot of companies nowadays outsource their entire functions to other countries. But the way I see it, there has been a bit of a trend from the gig worker side:

I know my value, I don’t need to move to get a gig! If the client wants me, I work from home.

Work-life balance, traffic jams or don’t want to relocate with whole family etc, is the three main arguments. They know as stated above, with the right technical skill work will come anyway.

So maybe we should embrace the fact that if competence are needed, the gig worker solve the problem from anywhere? Trust, remote leadership, and the right technical platforms should solve the issues right?

Is the Gig economy a hype?

Early in June there was a big debate whether the Gig economy increases or decreases. Is it a HYPE or not? The reason for this was that the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released its report on Contingent and Alternative Work. The report showed that there was a decrease from 2005 until 2017 within the Gig economy, hence questioning all other reports/trends pointing to the opposite.

But to be honest, the results were a bit misleading. You get the kind of answers you want when you performing a survey like this. If you want 1+1=3 that’s possible…My comments to the results:

  • Data is one year old when presented
  • It only counted all the gig workers that gig as a primary job, not side hustlers (Uber, Airbnb etc
  • Or the employed consultants that actually are gig workers since they do work on contract basis

Have a look yourself on the table below to see some results from the report.

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I really believe that the whole gig economy is booming with all the different apps/platforms where you can find a gig nowadays, But I guess it’s mainly the side hustling that grows. If we should truts all the trends that business soon will be automated then gig working as a primary job will increase to. You just need to find the gap in the market where you really can make some difference.

Conslusion

To summarize all of the three trends, the society needs to adapt to meet the future of work. And yes, the gig economy is growing. Just hang in there!

Have you identified other trends? Or are you as a gig worker affected by any of these three? Share your story to inspire other gig workers.