Research-Based Implications of The Gig Economy

Research-Based Implications of The Gig Economy

Chances are that you’ve encountered the “gig economy” in your organization already, even if you haven’t called it that.

Simply speaking, it refers to the increasingly prevalent trend of people and organizations choosing to work in temporary, contingent arrangements. I’ve experienced it across a number of industries and sectors, from working alongside adjunct professors to advising Afghan police officers alongside civilian contractors. I’ve worked with a number of businesses that are increasingly maintaining a contingent workforce that can respond to shifting labor demands.

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The Global Gig Economy: Exclusive Interview with Global Talent Management Expert -- Mary Eckenrod

The Global Gig Economy:  Exclusive Interview with Global Talent Management Expert -- Mary Eckenrod

Articles about The Gig Economy have been written during the past 18 months with the focus technology-enabled on-demand work opportunities with Uber, Airbnb, TaskRabbit, to name a few.  However, little has been written about the impact of The Gig Economy on Human Resources Professionals as it relates to the challenges of the growing importance of this new “Talent Management Portfolio™.”  I had the fortune to recently interview Mary Eckenrod, the former VP of Global Talent Management for Johnson Controls, Blackberry, Lenovo and Cisco about the global talent challenges for Chief Human Resources Officers presented by The Gig Economy.

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The Gig Economy: A Human Resource Agility Fitness Challenge

The Gig Economy:  A Human Resource Agility Fitness Challenge

This is the era of UberAirbnbTaskRabbitHandy. All of these firms are examples of the “gig economy,” and human resources (HR) professionals are being pressed to update their approach to talent management as a result.  

The gig economy will continue placing pressure on HR leaders, HR policies and HR processes to become more agile so that they can accommodate the kind of turbulence now being created by contingent workers as a growing element of their talent pool.  

The word “gig” has its origins in the

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The Irony and Urgency of HR

The Irony and Urgency of HR

Leadership Agility is becoming a business imperative for an organization's leadership talent as well as the transformation of the Human Resources function.  My colleague, Gruffie Clough, and I had the fortune to recently interview Ben Hill, the VP of Talent Management for TURNER, about his company's talent challenges and solutions now and in the future.

AS A TURNER LEADER, WHICH ASPECT OF TALENT MANAGEMENT IN THIS VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT IS MOST CHALLENGING?

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This Week in Agility Research: Dec. 4, 2015

Here are a few items of new agility-related research that popped up on our radar this week. 

Surveying the Organizational Agility on Gaining Competitive Advantage in Iranian Dairy Industries
By: Amir Merjani and Javaneh Kalhor

Nowadays by removing physical boundaries among organizations and countries, lots of organizations tend to be more agile and try to meet their customers' needs as soon as possible. For this mean, attending to agility and accelerating processes may create some competitive advantages for the organizations. 

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How an Artist Captured the Essence of VUCA and Talent Management Agility

How an Artist Captured the Essence of VUCA and Talent Management Agility

I was asked to deliver a keynote presentation complemented by an executive panel discussion on "Leadership in a Dynamic World" at the annual Investment Program Association (IPA) Conference in Chicago this past week.  

Oh, I might also add that the audience of about 350 direct investment professionals were also engaged throughout the session through the use of handheld rating devices that enabled immediate analysis of the questions asked of them.  This was a daunting task since I was to be followed by Austan Goolsbee, former Chief of President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors.  

Therefore, 

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The Gig Economy: How Agile is your HR Team?

The Gig Economy: How Agile is your HR Team?

Does your human resources team have the agility required to address the challenges of "The Gig Economy?"

If you haven’t yet heard about The Gig Economy, it is a growing challenge for HR professionals and people managers now faced with a portfolio of workers, some full time while others are contract or contingent workers. 

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