How the Gig Economy Destroyed Workers' 9-To-5 Attention Spans

Salon Talks‘ Carrie Sheffield on Friday sat down with Courtney Spritzer, co-founder of Socialfly, and Michael Woodward, author of the new Psychology Today blog “Spotting Opportunity,” to discuss the future of the so-called “gig economy.”


Woodward cited an Intuit study that “projected by the year 2020 that 40% of the American economy or American jobs will be … freelance contractor-type work.”

“What they found is,” he added, “those folks in college who start using freelance or gigging work to get through school come out and they’re saying, ‘I may have a better option just to keep doing this than go out to find a more conventional nine-to-five job.'”

Asked if she looks “askance” at résumés from applicants who’ve done gig-type work and are now looking for a full-time job, Spitzer said, “There is a concern if people can be focused.”

“One of the questions that I always ask is … ‘Why are you looking for a full-time job now?'” she explained. “And then … ‘Are you gonna continue to have these jobs on the side if we were to hire you?'”

#story_page_post_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}