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Driven by Uber: The New Workforce in the Future of Work

Ken Chen

Ken Chen

July 9, 2015

7 thoughts on “Driven by Uber: The New Workforce in the Future of Work”

  1. This is right on so many levels. Over the past decade the employment structure has failed to meet the needs of many highly skilled, experienced middle managers – the ones who GSD! They’ve learned that there is another way to get the compensation that they value for their efforts, rather than the cookie-cutter compensation (plus lack of job security) offered by many employers. That compensation includes control of ones time, projects, colleagues as well as income and benefits.

  2. I’m excited everyday by this Future of Work – it just makes so much sense. By nature, I’m pragmatic. I want the best and for the best deal. I bring that to my work by helping companies make the wisest investment of their marketing budgets. This Future of Work allows me to bring the most talented team to deliver the most effective approaches, and to do it all efficiently. This Future is bright for employees and businesses alike.

  3. Agreed, the ‘new workforce’ is upon us and new contractor classifications will come soon. While great for individuals, I wonder how successful businesses will adapt to perpetual contractor churn, inefficient knowledge transfer, maintaining a sense of team/shared purpose, and management training/succession planning.

  4. Yes, the future of work is here, or atleast the next iteration…a work model that revolves around life rather than the other way around. I compare that to our parents’ generation where they worked 40+ hours for the same company for most of their adult life and think how much has changed in a couple of decades. While not everyone will choose to go the IC route, I think it’s wonderful that many more of us are putting value on each working moment and making it count. It’s also inspiring to see companies like Treehouse cutting the workweek while preserving pay and benefits. We need many, many experiments to innovate our way into a more sustainable work model.

  5. Yes, the future of work is here, or atleast the next iteration…a work model that revolves around life rather than the other way around. I compare that to our parents’ generation where they worked 40+ hours for the same company for most of their adult life and think how much has changed in a couple of decades. While not everyone will choose to go the IC route, I think it’s wonderful that many more of us are putting value on each working moment and making it count. It’s also inspiring to see companies like Treehouse cutting the workweek while preserving pay and benefits. We need many, many experiments to innovate our way into a more sustainable work model.

  6. I agree that the future of work will mean more efficiency for companies and greater flexibility for the workforce. The issue of benefits will either help or hinder the growth of this new workforce. The Affordable Care Act is one step in the right direction, but it still feels like this “new workforce” isn’t as covered as traditional employees. If the question of benefits can be resolved in a way that is cost-effective and reliable, that might help more people make this leap.

  7. I love the changes happening in the way people work! Thank you for this article. I’ve been an independent consultant for 14 years now and have found that alliances and partnerships are more valuable and enjoyable long-term work relationships that I had when I was employed full-time at HP for a decade. I especially appreciate the opportunity to make recommendations free of the fear of politics, and take necessary risks that only risk one client, not my entire career. When my integrity demands that I speak the truth to powerful people who hire me, I do it! Most clients appreciate the value of my outside perspective, without the sugar coating. At HP I was . . . irritating?! And my career suffered. I guess I’m just too direct to be a good employee, but I make a great consultant for companies that are truly committed to positive change! Thanks for this reminder!

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