The world of work is changing. We’re seeing a massive shift from traditional work and full-time employment to freelancing, working part-time, and independent contracting with different teams, on varying projects. This is often referred to as the gig economy. It is reported that if the gig economy keeps growing at its current rate, more than 50% of the US workforce will participate in it by 2027.
There are many reasons why this kind of working arrangement is preferable for the workers themselves and for the businesses that use them. For businesses, having the ability to scale up at peak times, backfill for long periods of absence, and bring in fresh skillsets can help them grow faster and foster innovation.
For the workers themselves, there are multiple benefits and below is a list of five of the top ones, as voted for by the community of Weployees.
We conducted a quick survey of our community of Weployees, and over 40% reported that the ability to fit work around life is the best thing about being a Weployee, instead of the other way around. Many of our Weployees are business owners themselves, or have other passion projects on the go. They are looking to fit some work in around their studies. They are taking career sabbaticals and want to continue earning a wage whilst having some time and space to think about their next move. Working in short term contracts by nature, is flexible, but with the NEW ‘Multiple Jobs’ feature, it is easier than ever for Weployees to line up jobs to suit their schedules in the future. Even in a current engagement, upcoming jobs can still be viewed and planned in the App up to two weeks in advance. Many of our Weployees who used to Freelance before Weploy told us they can remember feeling anxious about where their next paycheck was coming from. The new feature makes it so much easier to plan out their working commitments and forecast incomings.
Weployers will be notified when a Weployee engagement is due to finish, and have the opportunity to extend their job so that the Weployee can't book themselves onto a new job!
Varying environment and team
The second most popular benefit to being a Weployee was “I enjoy varying my working environments/team”. The workforce is becoming more advanced and educated by the day and individuals must be “continual learners” to maintain a competitive edge. This is true for everyone, even those in traditional office settings, but it’s much easier to maintain that momentum if you’re constantly being challenged in new working environments with new people with varying skills to learn from. Experiencing varying businesses means increased exposure to new systems, processes, ways of working, personality and leadership styles, all of which will teach our Weployees valuable, transferable skills that they can bring to YOUR business.
Being your own Boss
Weployees choose the type of work they do and when to do it. They are able to make choices that suit their personality, their needs and that allow them to operate at their fullest. They have experimented with different assignments in different departments and with cross-functional teams, so they've learnt what to look for in a job and what to avoid to ensure they're happy and operating at their maximum.
This degree of freedom does require a corresponding amount of discipline, and that doesn’t come easily to everybody. But our Weployees are self-starters that prefer to be in the driving seat and can be relied upon to step in and start adding value to your business from day one.
Try Before you Buy
For many people, the career options can seem endless and it can be daunting to know where to focus. For those who are not sure what kind of company they want to work at or in what field, they can try a stint at a few different places before deciding what to pursue for a more traditional full time career, or whether to drill down and specialise further. Likewise, job ‘tryouts’ or auditions are largely replacing traditional interview methods, enabling employers to assess capabilities for a longer period of time, and from multiple perspectives before jumping into a longer term contract. A few of our Weployees have worked up through the ranks of some of Australia’s largest corporates and have C-Suite experience, but have decided later on in life, they’d like a fresh start and a new experience. When you post a job on Weploy, you may just find yourself with an ex-CEO showing up at reception!
Overcome Unconscious Bias
Unfortunately, there is still a problem with unconscious bias in the workforce and hiring discrimination is a very real issue. The evidence shows that White candidates get 36% more callbacks than equally qualified Black candidates and 24% more than Latinos - even with identical resumes where only the name is changed. Whether hiring managers are aware of it or not, talent with valuable skills and considerable experience to bring into the Australian market are judged on their name, where they’ve been to school or the fact they don’t have any local experience. This is not only unjust, but could also be limiting business growth. Studies have shown that diversity of thought has a direct influence on innovation and increased revenue and employing team members from different backgrounds who will approach problems with a different lens is a shortcut to this diversification of thought.
For candidates who are comfortable operating in uncertain environments, driving their own development with freedom and flexibility - the Gig life is the perfect working arrangement. Feeling happier and more empowered at work is directly linked to greater productivity and better business outcomes, so hiring a Weployee is like hiring happiness on demand! Signing up is free, so trial a temp via Weploy today and experience the benefits for yourself.