More and more companies are getting comfortable with remote work.
The gig economy has taken over the world, with most people not fully realising its impact. Put simply, the gig economy is a labour market characterised by freelance, flexible, on-demand work rather than the more traditional nine-to-five working model.
Articles about the gig economy have been written during the past 18 months with the focus technology-enabled on-demand work opportunities with Uber, Airbnb, TaskRabbit, to name a few. However, little has been written about the impact of the gig economy on human resources professionals as it relates to the challenges of the growing importance of this new “talent management portfolio.”
These are uncertain times. Never has that statement been more pertinent in 2016 which played host to seismic political events such as Brexit and the election of Donald Trump to the US presidency. This allied to a sluggish global economy presents plenty of challenges for multinational firms operating across the globe.
In a survey published in the New York Times, American workers admitted that only about 35% of their day was productive work time. The rest is lost to distractions – instant messages, chatting, the internet, and primarily meetings.