The State of American Jobs 1. Changes in the American workplace A shifting economic landscape is driving significant changes in the American workplace. Employment opportunities increasingly lie in jobs requiring higher-level social or analytical skills, or both. Physical or manual skills, as much in demand as social or analytical skills some three decades ago, are fading in importance.
The rise of IT-based work platforms that support new definitions and distributions of work tasks in new ways provides another illustration of the variable potential for application and use of technologies.
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Such platforms employ Internet-based communications and smartphone applications to make work available, and then assign that work to individuals or groups based on bid, proposal, or contest mechanisms. Crowdsourcing, open-call, and open innovation platforms can be used to redefine the nature of tasks themselves and to change how that work is organized and distributed both within and across organizational bounds.
Crowdsourcing platforms, for instance, work on the basis of tasks being decomposed into smaller units, even to the level of microtasks. These are then made available through open-call or auction mechanisms to people beyond strictly defined work teams or organizational bounds, including, but not necessarily beyond, a given firm.
In addition, crowdsourcing mechanisms can be—and are—used within firms to open up the performance of work tasks broadly to their existing employees. And, although contest-based systems such as Innocentive support the outsourcing of work, such outsourcing is not necessarily inherent to this technological form.
Like crowdsourcing, contests can be run internally at a firm among already salaried employees.
Even in the case of internal uses of crowdsourcing and contests, designing how work will be performed, managing both the processes and labor of production, and ensuring quality affects the work people do and how they do it.
Workers may find that their ability to control their own performance is more tightly circumscribed, or the opposite—they may be responsible for providing a particular output but be free to select how to arrive at that outcome. Collaborations and work relationships can be both forged and weakened by these mechanisms.
Page 84 Share Cite Suggested Citation: Information Technology and the U. The National Academies Press. Although contingent work is not new firms such as Kelly Services and Manpower, for example, have been in the business of providing temporary clerical and industrial workers for many yearsit has grown and attracted renewed attention recently with the online, open-call work platforms described above.
A broader definition of contingent work, including part-time, self-employment, and other nontraditional work arrangements, would place the estimate at more than one-third of the workforce. Ton,The Good Jobs Strategy: Page 85 Share Cite Suggested Citation: For example, in a review of studies on precarious employment conducted between andQuinlan, Mayhew, and Bohle found a negative relationship between precarious employment and occupational health and safety, concluding that it leads to a stressful and disorganized work environment.
Scholarship is at an early stage when it comes to analyzing the scope of contingent work and the implications of each type for employment structures, employment relations, and the welfare of workers.
The use of IT-based platforms to access contingent work adds a new dimension to this category of employment.
Standing,The Precariat: Bohle,The global expansion of precarious employment, work disorganization, and consequences for occupational health: Page 86 Share Cite Suggested Citation: By hiring such individuals, firms relieve themselves of the costs of paying employment taxes, providing health insurance, contributing to pension funds, or investing in training.
A technology-enabled platform, Upwork, provides highly skilled workers similar to high-tech contractors, except that the contractors are often located outside the United States and are subject to different labor laws and employment systems.
Other contingent workers use technology platforms to identify short-term and often unskilled personal service jobs for individuals who seek a service provider though websites or apps—for example, Uber drivers, those who perform odd jobs through TaskRabbit, or those delivering meals through GrubHub.
These gigs may pay relatively little and are subject to unforeseen developments that may reduce their rate of pay. To make a living, gig workers require a steady stream of gigs.Changes in the American workplace A shifting economic landscape is driving significant changes in the American workplace.
Employment opportunities increasingly lie in jobs requiring higher-level social or analytical skills, or both. The Evolution of Workplace Diversity Chapter 1 THE EVOLUTION OF WORKPLACE DIVERSITY By: Kate McCormick1 In the past, most companies believed that assimilating new hires into the organization required that.
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The changing workplace is driven by the organizational issues described above and enabled by technologies that support mobility and easy access to information. These pressures and opportunities, however, have not resulted in a specific new workplace model. A Historical and Comparative Perspective of Contingent Work Stephen F.
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