jan 12

Gig Economy

This feels eerie familiar: The Gig Economy, which "helps explain why it now takes a good ten minutes to get the answer to the once-breezy question, 'So, what are you up to these days?'"


I'm glad that even Tina Brown agrees that we've set up a dreadful employment market in this country.

So this means there's a lot of people out there who are looking for full-time work and the marketplace is very competitive. Is there any company or industry that can use that to a competitive advantage? Can anyone offer a business strategy that creates many skilled jobs instead of sloughing them? (A wonderful applicable quotation: "No one ever achieved greatness by cost-cutting.")

posted by Brian Van at 6:53 PM on January 12, 2009

Is it just me or is it impossible to fire full-time employees for simply sucking at their jobs?

Basically, Wall Street rewards companies that pay whores instead of employees since they can record it as a one-time expense even though it's the same old work.

posted by twood at 12:04 AM on January 13, 2009


1. Yup.
2. Yup.

Wall Streed doesn't really have much left to "reward" anymore, though... I believe that the crash of the old system will leave room for new types of organizations to develop that better utilize the workforce (employ greater numbers of workers, do a better job of pruning bad workers and avoid waves of painful layoffs).

posted by BrianVan at 1:15 AM on January 13, 2009

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