The End of the Job and the Future of Work

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"With deep reporting and graceful storytelling, Sarah Kessler reveals the ground truth of a key part of the American workforce. Her analysis is both astute and nuanced, making GIGGED essential reading for anyone interested in the future of work." --Daniel H. Pink, author of WHEN and DRIVE

The full-time job is disappearing--is landing the right gig the new American Dream?

One in three American workers is now a freelancer. This "gig economy"--one that provides neither the guarantee of steady hours nor benefits--emerged out of the digital era and has revolutionized the way we do business. High-profile tech start-ups such as Uber and Airbnb are constantly making headlines for the disruption they cause to the industries they overturn. But what are the effects of this disruption, from Wall Street down to Main Street? What challenges do employees and job-seekers face at every level of professional experience?

In the tradition of the great business narratives of our time, Gigged offers deeply-sourced, up-close-and-personal accounts of our new economy. From the computer programmer who chooses exactly which hours he works each week, to the Uber driver who starts a union, to the charity worker who believes freelance gigs might just transform a declining rural town, journalist Sarah Kessler follows a wide range of individuals from across the country to provide a nuanced look at how the gig economy is playing out in real-time.

Kessler wades through the hype and hyperbole to tackle the big questions: What does the future of work look like? Will the millennial generation do as well as their parents? How can we all find meaningful, well-paid work?

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018
Edition: First Edition
Copyright Date: c2018
ISBN: 9781250097897
Characteristics: xiii, 289 pages ; 22 cm


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NFreaderNWPL Jun 23, 2019

A troubling insight uncovered in this book is that gig economy jobs like driving for Uber appear - at first - to offer a kind of safety net. The draw of gig economy jobs for many unskilled workers is that they can be taken up quickly without barriers such as formal job interviews or licensing. But as Kessler tells it, these workers are being pulled into a race to the bottom of simultaneous overwork and poverty.

The book also has interesting coverage of the phenomenon where apparent technological marvels are built on an invisible workforce of humans carrying out small online tasks, such as those performed through Amazon's Mechanical Turk platform. For more investigation into the internet's phantom workforce, readers may want to check out Mary L. Gray and Siddharth Suri's book "Ghost Work."

Jun 19, 2018

This should be a good book which I look forward to reading, but this subject can easily be summed up in the neverending search by the financial elites in ultra-overexploitation of workers, finding the most efficient manner to use workers for the least amount of time, thereby shrinking the cost of labor as much as possible, which will have incredibly negative effects in both the short-term and long-term time frames!
Which is exactly why Peter Thiel is heavily invested in // gig economy \\ enterprises.


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