The following post comes to us courtesy of board member Veronica Baz, founder of profesionistas.org.mx, one of the most visited Spanish language sites focused on job search, career path, and work skills.
As my fellow board member, David Creelman has written about here, the rise of the gig economy, driven by innovation and technological change, is transforming organizations and business environments across many industries. Indeed, digital platforms like UBER, Lyft, Amazon Flex, and Freelancer have drastically multiplied options for gig workers.
Enthusiasts of the gig economy extol its ability to allow workers to work when they want, manage their own time, and organize their lives according to their wishes. Critics argue that individual workers now bear all the costs of working while being paid less.
No matter which side of that argument you find yourself on, everyone can probably agree that the majority of labor laws and protections in the books today were written with a traditional workforce in mind and do not take into account working folks who consider themselves to be “gig-ers”.
If we can all agree that the gig economy is here to stay – and it sure looks like it – then it’s critical that government and private industry come together to make the changes needed to support this new class of worker.
From labor laws that provide protection to the interests of independent workers to company policies that offer more flexibility and adapt to future changes, the time to embrace the gig economy, and benefit from it, is here.