Will the Pandemic Cause the Contingent Workforce to Grow?
The millions of American workers who have been working from home since the pandemic began, have been getting a little taste of what it feels like to be part of the contingent workforce. They may not have to worry about lining about the next project, the way gig workers usually do, but the self-discipline and organizational challenges associated with working from home are definitely familiar territory for contingent labor.
Researchers at McKinsey & Company, an international management consulting firm that advises corporations, governments and other organizations, revealed some interesting insights into the way those who have made the shift to working from home are coping, including the fact that:
- 80% of people questioned said they enjoy working from home (no surprise there, right?)
- 41% say that they are more productive
- 28% that they are at least as productive as they were at the office
McKinsey’s researchers also found that, “Many employees liberated from long commutes and travel have found more productive ways to spend that time, enjoyed greater flexibility in balancing their personal and professional lives, and decided that they prefer to work from home rather than the office.”
Speaking as a member of the Forbes Technology Council, Ginger Dhaliwal, the co-founder and chief product officer at Upflex, recently reflected on how the pandemic is changing the future of work. “Covid-19 has accelerated digital transformation. The pandemic is having a significant impact on how we collaborate, where we work and the employer-employee relationship with respect to remote job performance,” she said. “With the world’s largest working-from-home (WFH) experiment underway, we’re already seeing how remote team structures are being challenged and forcing companies to become more agile.”
What does this mean for employers as we move forward? “Leading organizations will boldly question long-held assumptions about how work should be done and the role of the office,” the experts at McKinsey say. “There is no one-size-fits-all solution. The answer, different for every organization, will be based on what talent is needed, which roles are most important, how much collaboration is necessary for excellence, and where offices are located today, among other factors.”
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