11The Future of the Gig Economy, Part 2: The Workplaces and the Workers

Futurestep, a talent division of Korn Ferry, one of the world’s largest and most respected executive search firms, goes on record each year with its list of the top talent trends on the horizon. Its number-one trend for 2017 is “The Rise of the Gig Economy, or ‘Me Inc’.”1 For some companies, the authors suggest, this will be a strategic shift, from “I need to hire someone” to “I need to get a project completed.” Being named as the top trend heralds a new awareness of the gig world. More companies will be adopting this work mode, some with great difficulty, and more workers will be opting in to the independent lifestyle. A recent Upwork study, Freelancing in America, looked ...

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