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12/05/2016

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Great article Derek.

I live in Portland Oregon where the joke is that most residents work five jobs to guarantee they don't need a "job".

I have spoken to many of these people. Pay is still a real issue.

Many work in multiple jobs because the job they like that pays the most for the effort required does not provide enough volume to make a living.
If they were able to do the thing they love the most full-time they would happily do so.

Many have left the full time (or 2-3 part time) corporate job world because they have found they enjoy working as a driver for one (usually both) of the ride share companies AND they make more money.

Another real risk of the gig-based economy is the limited access to affordable health insurance and retirement plans. Where these are not major concerns of the millennial generation yet, they will begin to become problematic in less than 5 years. Any solution create today, must be able to quickly evolve into a far different tomorrow.

The gig economy was one of the three organizational styles of the future predicted a year or so ago. It will make for fast-moving and agile but shallow enterprises. The lack of staff continuity will block any hopes of creating long-standing identity or an environment where institutional memory will be values (or even exist). When everyone is part-time, all work must be simplified to be done by essentially faceless and easily-replaced modular contractors. That will be ugly.

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