What a challenging three years! At the end of 2019, the typical American workplace was still mostly traditional. Most employees reported to an office to work full-time, scheduled positions. Fast forward and companies are juggling myriad flexible work arrangements. From hybrid and remote roles to shifted hours and gig workers, the traditional workplace has gone out the window.
On top of managing these changes, businesses must continue working to find and sustain the best ways to meet organizational goals. These include building opportunities for teamwork, establishing a positive company culture, and sustaining business growth. No longer does one solution fit all jobs or all companies! The most successful companies are willing to explore and test solutions to find what works best to achieve their goals.
According to Statista, there were 73.3 million gig workers in the U.S. as of November 2023. This includes people choosing to work as contractors in almost every industry. Compared to the 62.2 million gig workers in 2019, this trend is only increasing. In fact, projections show that by 2028 there will be more than 90 million gig workers in the U.S. A widespread example of this trend includes retirees who choose gig work to maintain the intrinsic benefits of working while also gaining maximum flexibility.
If the projections are accurate, companies will need to continue finding ways to weave gig work and other flexible arrangements into their workforce structure—all while prioritizing the ability to achieve long-term business goals. It’s true that employees want flexibility, but they also want to be part of a growing company with opportunities for growth and advancement.
Employment Enterprises has a great example of migrating our marketing work to an employee who desired to become an entrepreneur. Instead of just resigning, she proposed continuing to work with us for a predetermined amount of hours while working on her startup. I was very unsure of this arrangement; however, it’s become a win-win. We retained her company knowledge by being open to a new work arrangement with lots of flexibility on both sides. We are able to supplement her ongoing schedule with additional gig work as needed.
Mastering the balance of meeting business goals and providing flexibility to employees will enhance your employer brand and make your company more attractive to both job seekers and current employees. Keep on exploring what works for your company!
“Our only security is our ability to change.” – John Lilly