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#2 on Forbes’ Top Workplace Trends for 2017? The Impact of the Gig Economy

It comes as no surprise that Forbes’ contributor Dan Schawbel listed the “blended workforce” in his annual list of workplace trends. Today, there are permanent employees and then there’s...everyone else. Case in point:

  • An Intuit study says that more than 80% of large corporations plan to substantially increase their use of a flexible workforce.
  • Staffing Industry Analysts found that total spending on the gig economy in 2015 hit $792 billion.
  • The president of SHRM shared that the “rise of freelance workers” was one of the top five biggest employment trends” at its annual conference this year.

So what does this mean for employers in 2017? If you’re not already taking advantage of the gig economy, you’re missing an opportunity to add valuable, flexible labor to your team.

Here are three quick benefits to utilizing a blended workforce:

  1. Your commitment to utilizing an on-demand workforce lasts exactly one shift. It’s a relatively easy way to change up your strategy and try out a new workforce model.
  2. Temporary workers are highly skilled and experienced, often working for many other companies like yours over the course of their careers. They’re a great source of new ideas and can bring a renewed energy to your team.
  3. Aside from the obvious need to fill an open role, there are many other ways to get additional value from an on-demand strategy. We shared four of them here.

Check out the Forbes article for more on managing a blended workforce, and a look at the other nine trends on the list.

November 10, 2016 | Tricia Cagua