Capitalize on the Rise of the Contingent Workforce to Push Strategic Projects Over the Finish Line

Just be sure to treat those gig workers right because, with employment at a historic high, it’s not uncommon for recruiters to poach workers from competitors. January 3, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. These days, we all know people who work in the gig economy. After the economic downturn of 2008, many employees who were laid off transitioned their work skills to a freelance basis — and many have never looked back. As recently as 2017, staffing industry analyst SIA estimated that there were 48 million contingent workers in the United States, comprising fully 31 percent of the workforce. These numbers are good news because, with the unemployment rate at a 49-year low, many businesses are finding it hard to hire talented full-time employees. If this sounds like your company, contingent workers might just be a great alternative to full-timers for you. These so-called “gig workers” allow […]

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‘Don’t Try to Herd Cats’ — and 4 Other Leadership Tips for the Gig Economy

Considering that 1 in 3 workers today are freelancers, you’re probably managing one or more of them now or will be soon. December 18, 2018 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. At first glance, I may not seem like an expert on leadership in the gig economy. Certainly I’ve led traditional work teams, as a partner in several private equity real estate investment firms, and for the last nine years I’ve been the president and CEO of a not-for-profit developer of affordable housing. Related: This Is How I Manage Freelance Workers and Why It Works But don’t be misled by my seemingly staid, parochial business background: We’re all in the gig economy now and there are some smart rules to abide by if we want to succeed.  You may still think of the gig economy as all freelance writers and Uber drivers, but it’s so much […]

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The Gig Economy Is Growing — But Where Is It Headed?

A contributor argues that Uber drivers and Grubhub delivery personnel deserve the same wage guarantees and other benefits as full-time employees November 7, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The gig economy workforce is expected to hit 9.2 million Americans by 2021 as the convenience economy continues to expand from food delivery and ride-sharing to pharmaceuticals and on-demand event staffing. This was seen with Amazon’s recent acquisition of Pillpack and Uber’s recently announced Uber Works program. Related: 7 Reasons Why the Gig Economy is a Net Positive Despite its obvious growth, this new employment model has been heavily criticized due to its lack of protections for gig workers. Certainly there has been a move toward expanded protectionsfor gig workers: The California Supreme Court Ruling made it more difficult for companies to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees. And New York State’s Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board ruled that […]

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