The gig economy and social media are closely related. The two have grown side by side, and both have forever changed the way we work, live, and play. But has the internet brought us together or isolated us? It seems that despite being connected by a web of technology, we are segregated. Social media is siloed. Gig workers are on their own. Big Data knows more about us than we know about each other. Perhaps there’s a future of work in which technology can bring us back together?
If we look back at the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) jobs report for the summer, the figures tell a more nuanced tale than stasis or small improvements. The good news is that businesses hired 5.1 million professionals. The bad news is that all industries, in aggregate, witnessed labor turnover rates to the tune of 4.9 million workers. The 0.2 percent difference would indicate that just as many people left their positions as came aboard. Other sources, such as Compensation Force, depict [...]
Companies today are experiencing major issues with employee retention. The lure of the gig economy has grown from a “necessary evil” in the aftermath of the recession to a lucrative business opportunity for driven professionals. These individuals seek the flexibility, freedom, self-direction and higher income potential that non-traditional work offers. That’s not such a boon for employers who want full-time people. Staffing professionals benefit from this demand for contingent talent, yet[...]
I’m about to head home from an incredibly productive and inspiring week at Contingent Staffing 2016. The conference is vital to the workforce industry because procurement professionals are becoming more influential leaders in organizations of all kinds. Their roles are evolving beyond purchasing. These experts are taking on responsibilities that encompass business intelligence, talent analytics, growth strategies, risk and compliance, and much more. Leading procurement organizations are[...]