Are we ready for the Uber-ification of Work, Performance and Pay???
Higher-ups suddenly wanted to step in, put their stamp on the effort and impose their own preferences (sometimes their own people) on the initiative.
This ‘free agent nation’, this new world that is sometimes referred to as the ‘Uber-ification’ of work where most workers are essentially carving out their own personal careers, less dependent on organizational support (and protection) than before is one that puts not only these workers under more pressure than before, as they shoulder more personal risk than ever, but it also will stress their company brand owners as well.
I guess I will leave with this – the free agent nation has delivered exceeding benefits to company brands – less fixed costs, less regulations, more flexibility, and even more profits. But there are some risks too. Some of your free agents don’t really need the company brand as much as the brand needs them. And some of your best customers and partners want to work with people, not with companies. And as the ties between people and companies continue to loosen, (almost always at the behest of companies by the way), the company’s hold on talent and opportunity and profit will loosen as well.
This promises to change the fabric of our relationship with our highest potential, top performing and most critically skilled employees. Are we ready?