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?
In every industry, at every experience level, there are contingent workers. The job market has reached an interesting point in its growth – an unprecedented situation where contract workers make up a larger portion of the workforce than ever before. Yet, millions of them are still without benefits. Will the day ever come when gig workers have the same rights as full-time employees? I think so, and I think it’s coming very soon.