From ride-sharing and writing to computer programmers and even chief financial officers, temporary, freelance, and crowd sourced workers are filling a variety of roles across virtually every industry. Full-time work is not destined for the scrapheap yet, our parents’ concept of the ideal job is being turned on its head. With the gig economy – engaging workers for specific, short-term projects – no longer are 30 years and a pension the goal. Thanks to greater emphasis on work-life balance, the automation of many routine tasks, greater mobility, and easier access to information, the traditional concept of a career seems like a quaint relic to many workers.
Benefits for Employers
Joining the gig workforce brings obvious benefits to workers: freedom to work their own hours, earning extra money in addition to a full-time job, variety of tasks, etc. But the increased prevalence of the gig economy is also changing the way employers look at staffing. The nature of work means companies not only have to deal with cyclical and inconsistent demand, they also take on tasks that require specialized skills that may not be readily available among their “permanent” human capital. When these needs arise, it often makes sense to pay an outside expert to complete the task, either on-site or remotely through digital communications and collaboration.
There are several advantages companies can garner by hiring gig workers for technical, managerial, and executive positions:
Tap their understanding of processes and concepts that can be absorbed into the company’s institutional knowledge for marketing, customer service, data analysis, and more
Keep labor costs manageable by paying for specialized skills and expertise only when they are needed
Manage workflow by bringing on extra help during periods of peak demand.
Making the Gig Economy Work for You
While tapping into the gig economy can save money and provide access to specialized skills, it may pay to hire a temporary employment agency to make sure your workers possess the right skills and that you conform to labor and tax laws. For instance, there are strict rules on how 1099 workers are paid, the tasks they can perform, and the hours they can work.
Staffing firms not only handle the paperwork, reducing your risk exposure, the good ones also thoroughly vet and test the workers they provide. For instance, at KTBlack we check each applicant’s references and catalog their relevant skills in order to match them with companies and projects where they will succeed and bring value to the client. We continually scour industry sources to identify the trends and emerging skill sets that construction, healthcare, technology, and other industries demand. We work closely with our client companies to create comprehensive staffing solutions, from one-time replacement workers to full crews of temp-to-hire technicians, engineers, and other high-demand occupations.
When you are ready to take advantage of all the benefits the gig economy has to offer, Contact KTBlack Services to find out how we can find you the perfect fit for your company.