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paper | 10.25.15

Serving Workers in the Gig Economy: Emerging Resources for the On-Demand Workforce

Nick Grossman, Elizabeth Woyke

In this report D&S advisor Nick Grossman and Elizabeth Woyke examine the “gig economy” and the ways it is reshaping the modern workforce:

It’s difficult to ignore the effects of the “great unbundling” today. The digital revolution has already changed the nature of media, personal health, finance, and other economic and industrial sectors in recent years. As this O’Reilly report reveals, the modern workforce—including the very notion of a “job” itself—is undergoing a similar transformation.

Unbundling is the breaking up of traditional packages of goods and services into their component parts, eventually to be rebundled in new ways. In the same fashion, various job components—income, structure, social connections, meaning, and (in the US) access to healthcare—are being unbundled as well.

 

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